Simple Definition of rectitude
: 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 in a sentence
<encouraged the graduates to go on to live lives of unimpeachable rectitude and integrity>
<has a finely honed sense of rectitude that keeps him from cheating on exams>
Did You Know?
Rectitude has a righteous derivation. It comes straight from the Latin noun rectus, which means both "right" and "straight." "Rectitude" itself can mean either "straightness" (an early use referred to literal straightness of lines, although this sense is now rare) or "rightness" of character. "Rectus" has a number of other descendants in English, including "rectangle" (a figure with four right angles), "rectify" ("to make right"), "rectilinear" ("moving in or forming a straight line"), and even "rectus" itself (a medical term for any one of several straight muscles in the body).
Origin of rectitude
Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin rectitudo, from Latin rectus straight, right
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with rectitude
altitude, amplitude, aptitude, attitude, certitude, comfort food, consuetude, crassitude, desuetude, finger food, finitude, fortitude, gratitude, habitude, hebetude, interlude, lassitude, latitude, longitude, magnitude, mansuetude, multitude, negritude, platitude, plenitude, promptitude, pulchritude, quietude, seminude, servitude, solitude, turpitude, vastitude
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