Rectitude meaning

rĕktĭ-to͝od, -tyo͝od
Rectitude is being morally correct.

An example of rectitude is being honest and always treating others with kindness and respect.

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Straightness; the state or quality of having a constant direction and not being crooked or bent. [from 15th c.]
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Conformity to the rules prescribed for moral conduct; (moral) uprightness, virtue. [from 16th c.]
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Moral uprightness; righteousness.
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The quality or condition of being correct in judgment.
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The quality of being straight.
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Conduct according to moral principles; strict honesty; uprightness of character.
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Correctness of judgment or method.
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Straightness.
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(now rare) The fact or quality of being right or correct; correctness of opinion or judgement. [from 15th c.]
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Origin of rectitude

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin rēctitūdō from Latin rēctus straight reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Middle French rectitude, from Late Latin rectitÅ«dō (“straightness, uprightness"), from Latin rectus (“straight"), perfect passive participle of regō (“regulate, guide").

    From Wiktionary