rectitude


rec·ti·tude

noun \ˈrek-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

: the quality of being honest and morally correct

Full Definition of RECTITUDE

1
:  the quality or state of being straight
2
:  moral integrity :  righteousness
3
:  the quality or state of being correct in judgment or procedure

Examples of RECTITUDE

  1. <encouraged the graduates to go on to live lives of unimpeachable rectitude and integrity>
  2. <has a finely honed sense of rectitude that keeps him from cheating on exams>

Origin of RECTITUDE

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin rectitudo, from Latin rectus straight, right
First Known Use: 15th century

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