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rectitude

[rek-ti-tood, -tyood] /ˈrɛk tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue:
the rectitude of her motives.
2.
correctness:
rectitude of judgment.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin rēctitūdin- (stem of rēctitūdō) straightness, equivalent to Latin rēct(us) right + -tūdin- -tude
Synonyms
1. integrity, probity, principle.
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British Dictionary definitions for rectitude

rectitude

/ˈrɛktɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
moral or religious correctness
2.
correctness of judgment
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin rectitūdō, from Latin rectus right, straight, from regere to rule
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Word Origin and History for rectitude
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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