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rectitude

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

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

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Origin of rectitude

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French rectitude, “honesty,” from Late Latin rēctitūdin- (stem of rēctitūdō “straightness, upright posture, honesty, justice”), equivalent to Latin rēct(us) right + -tūdin--tude
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British Dictionary definitions for rectitude

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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