rectitude

[ rek-ti-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈrɛk tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /

noun

rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue: the rectitude of her motives.
correctness: rectitude of judgment.

Origin of rectitude

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

/ (ˈrɛktɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

moral or religious correctness
correctness of judgment

Word Origin for rectitude

C15: from Late Latin rectitūdō, from Latin rectus right, straight, from regere to rule
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