rectitude

rectitude

[rek-ti-tood, -tyood]
noun
1.
rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue: the rectitude of her motives.
2.
correctness: rectitude of judgment.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin rēctitūdin- (stem of rēctitūdō) straightness, equivalent to Latin rēct(us) right + -tūdin- -tude


1. integrity, probity, principle.
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rectitude (ˈrɛktɪˌtjuːd)
 
n
1.  moral or religious correctness
2.  correctness of judgment
 
[C15: from Late Latin rectitūdō, from Latin rectus right, straight, from regere to rule]

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rectitude
early 15c., "quality of being straight," from M.Fr. rectitude (14c.), from L.L. rectitudinem (nom. rectitudo) "straightness, uprightness," from L. rectus "straight" (see right). Sense of "upright in conduct or character" is from 1530s.
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