rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue: the rectitude of her motives.
correctness: rectitude of judgment.
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How to use rectitude in a sentence
That was true most dramatically for New York City in the 1970s, though other cities such as Detroit and Chicago were hardly models of fiscal rectitude.America's Cities Are in Crisis. They Should be Allowed to Raise Debt to Save Themselves | Zachary Karabell | February 11, 2021 | Time
The Victorians looked to it for lessons in Empire and moral rectitude.T.E. Lawrence Rides Again in Scott Anderson’s New History | Melik Kaylan | August 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not a good look for a woman whose reputation is built on moral rectitude.
Liberal women, he claimed, helped cause the debt by “neutering American men,” which apparently undermined their fiscal rectitude.
For some, it may have been his personal rectitude after Bill Clinton.
Maybe it is his own reputation for rectitude, a reputation buttressed by the lack of scandals in his administration.
Over a range, therefore, of infinite extent, the principles of eternal rectitude are maintained.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
He supposed that all men are born equally good, but that the temptations of the world at length destroy the original rectitude.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
In the first place, the present state of society testifies to a neglect somewhere of inculcating habits of rectitude.Reflections on the Operation of the Present System of Education, 1853 | Christopher C. Andrews
Both the purity of his nature and the rectitude of his judgment would have kept him straight.'Life of John Coleridge Patteson | Charlotte M. Yonge
Woman's virtue is founded upon a modest countenance, precise behavior, rectitude, and a deficiency of suitors.The College, the Market, and the Court | Caroline H. Dall
British Dictionary definitions for rectitude
moral or religious correctness
correctness of judgment
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