Rectitude is being morally correct.
An example of rectitude is being honest and always treating others with kindness and respect.
- conduct according to moral principles; strict honesty; uprightness of character
- correctness of judgment or method
- Rare straightness
Origin of rectitudeMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Late Latin rectitudo ; from Classical Latin rectus, right: see recti-
- Moral uprightness; righteousness.
- The quality or condition of being correct in judgment.
- The quality of being straight.
Origin of rectitudeMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rēctitūdō, from Latin rēctus, straight; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural rectitudes)
- Straightness; the state or quality of having a constant direction and not being crooked or bent. [from 15th c.]
- (now rare) The fact or quality of being right or correct; correctness of opinion or judgement. [from 15th c.]
- Conformity to the rules prescribed for moral conduct; (moral) uprightness, virtue. [from 16th c.]