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
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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
Wright's knack for publicity and egocentric insistence on the rectitude of his philosophy and designs all contributed to the staying power of his larger-than-life reputation.
For sure, script is a big piece, and the Steven Canny/John Nicholson adaptation takes a poke at Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian rectitude.
Comics like Eddie Murphy and Kenan Thompson turned Mr. Cosby’s demand for black rectitude into searing comedy.
Grisham is garrulous and funny when talking about himself, much more so than the tone of rectitude in some of his books might suggest.
Behind one man, a celebrity, there is a cult of personality; behind the other, a bureaucrat, there is a cult of rectitude.
The president could serve out the rest of his term with the rectitude of a monk, and still be undone by his past sins.
But much of the reaction from Congress, from Republicans and Democrats alike, focused on that investigation and the need to restore public confidence in the rectitude of the FBI and law enforcement.
But that image for personal and professional rectitude largely unraveled amid his handling of the Clinton investigation, leaving him with few friends in either political party.
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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).
Origin and Etymology of rectitude
Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin rectitudo, from Latin rectus straight, right
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of rectitude for English Language Learners
: the quality of being honest and morally correct
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