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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
Recent Examples of rectitude from the Web
In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez’s successor has plunged his country into chaos; in Bolivia, President Evo Morales has been a model of fiscal rectitude, bringing economic growth and slashing inequality.
Other than that, Elizabeth has been the model of rectitude and thrift in the public eye for over 50 years now.
But another element of the business model — evangelical broadcasting’s aura of rectitude — was about to take a hit.
Both angles—the petty jibes over appearance and the high-flying discussion of moral fitness — suit the TV personality from whom viewers know by now to expect a flair for a certain self-dramatizing rectitude.
Despite all the claims that gaming in Massachusetts would meet the highest standards for moral rectitude, the scandal that proved Steve Wynn’s undoing surprised hardly anyone.
Fraud, cried his detractors, among them the illustrious Harvard professor Louis Agassiz, hardly a paragon of scientific rectitude, who littered his copy of the book with invectives.
His basso profundo visage was a model of dignity, steeliness, determination, rectitude.
This framing connects the system to a long Confucian tradition of attempts to bolster public rectitude.
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The Right Definition of rectitude
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).
corruptibility, corruption, corruptness, debasement, debauchery, decadence, degeneracy, degradation, depravity, disgrace, disgracefulness, disreputableness, dissipatedness, dissipation, dissoluteness, perversion, pervertedness, profligacy, shamelessness, venality;
blamelessness, character, conscientiousness, decency, fairness, high-mindedness, incorruptibility, irreproachability, irreproachableness, justice, morality, nobility, reputability, respectability, right-mindedness, scrupulousness, virtue, virtuousness;
RECTITUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rectitude for English Language Learners
: the quality of being honest and morally correct
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