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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
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.
These moderates preferred to encourage a kind of restrained gentility that would, in time, become the parlor rectitude of Victorian America.
Putting contemporary government on a budget would be more than fiscal rectitude.
And all this newfound moral rectitude, the kind loudly expressed by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — until quite recently a shameless Bill Clinton toady without peer — should be obvious to those who can see.
But his personal rectitude has not been seriously questioned beyond the Trump campaign’s clumsy attempts in 2016 to tie him to tabloid stories about the JFK assassination and extramarital affairs.
The politically clever move would not be to directly attack Mueller, a symbol of rectitude who has collected encomiums from both parties.
The inner conflict Serkis evoked as Gollum becomes grand yet wary rectitude with Caesar.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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