Rectitude Definition

rĕktĭ-to͝od, -tyo͝od
Conduct according to moral principles; strict honesty; uprightness of character.
Webster's New World
Correctness of judgment or method.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
The quality of being straight.
American Heritage

Straightness; the state or quality of having a constant direction and not being crooked or bent. [from 15th c.]


Origin of Rectitude

  • 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

  • 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

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