(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.]
Middle English, from Middle French rectitude, from Late Latin rectitÅ«dÅ (“straightness, uprightness"), from Latin rectus (“straight"), perfect passive participle of regÅ (“regulate, guide").