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Definitions for rectitude
ˈrɛk tɪˌtud, -ˌtyudrec·ti·tude

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. uprightness, rectitudenoun

    righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest


  1. rectitudenoun

    Straightness; the state or quality of having a constant direction and not being crooked or bent.

  2. rectitudenoun

    The fact or quality of being right or correct; correctness of opinion or judgement.

  3. rectitudenoun

    Conformity to the rules prescribed for moral conduct; (moral) uprightness, virtue.

  4. Etymology: from rectitude, from rectitudo, from rectus, perfect passive participle of rego.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rectitudenoun

    Etymology: rectitude, Fr. from rectus, Lat.

    Faith and repentance, together with the rectitude of their present engagement would fully prepare them for a better life. Charles I .

    Calm the disorders of thy mind, by reflecting on the wisdom, equity and absolute rectitude of all his proceedings. Francis Atterbury.


  1. rectitude

    Righteousness is the quality or state of being morally correct and justifiable. It can be considered synonymous with "rightness" or being "upright". It can be found in Indian religions and Abrahamic traditions, among other religions, as a theological concept. For example, from various perspectives in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism it is considered an attribute that implies that a person's actions are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as leading a life that is pleasing to God. William Tyndale (Bible translator into English in 1526) remodelled the word after an earlier word rihtwis, which would have yielded modern English *rightwise or *rightways. He used it to translate the Hebrew root צדק tzedek, which appears over five hundred times in the Hebrew Bible, and the Greek word δίκαιος (dikaios), which appears more than two hundred times in the New Testament. Etymologically, it comes from Old English rihtwīs, from riht ‘right’ + wīs ‘manner, state, condition’ (as opposed to wrangwise, "wrongful"). The change in the ending in the 16th century was due to association with words such as bounteous.


  1. rectitude

    Rectitude is the quality of being morally correct, straightforward, and honest. It refers to the state of having a high standard of correct behavior and virtue.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rectitudenoun


  2. Rectitudenoun

    rightness of principle or practice; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws; uprightness of mind; uprightness; integrity; honesty; justice

  3. Rectitudenoun

    right judgment

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rectitude

    rek′ti-tūd, n. uprightness: correctness of principle or practice: integrity: correctness. [Fr.,—L. rectitudorectus, straight.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rectitude in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rectitude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of rectitude in a Sentence

  1. Henry Ward Beecher:

    A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune.

  2. Benjamin Roberts:

    Religious rectitude is the sanctuary of the intellectually reticent

  3. Pete Buttigieg:

    My understanding of scripture is that its about protecting the stranger and the prisoner and the poor person and that idea, thats what I get in the gospel when Im at church and his has a lot more to do with sexuality ... and a certain view of rectitude.

  4. Andy Levin:

    As he walked about the Capitol in a rumpled suit, almost always with a plain white shirt and pedestrian tie, carrying bulging files with the occasional paper flying away, Carl was the very picture of sober purpose and rectitude. In truth, he wasn’t unfun, in fact, he often pierced tense situations with self-deprecating humor, and he privately shared incisive observations about others with staff and colleagues.

  5. Pete Buttigieg:

    His interpretation of Scripture is pretty different from mine, his has a lot more to do with sexuality and, I don't know, a certain view of rectitude. Even if you buy into that, how could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency ?

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