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
Grisham is garrulous and funny when talking about himself, much more so than the tone of rectitude in some of his books might suggest.
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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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