Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Moral uprightness; righteousness.
  • n. The quality or condition of being correct in judgment.
  • n. The quality of being straight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Straightness.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Right judgment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Straightness: as, the rectitude of a line.
  • n. Rightness of principle or practice; uprightness of mind; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct by either divine or human laws; integrity; honesty; justice.
  • n. Correctness; freedom from error, as of conduct.
  • n. Synonyms Integrity, Uprightness, etc. (see honesty), principle, equity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rēctitūdō, from Latin rēctus, straight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Middle French rectitude, from Late Latin rectitūdō ("straightness, uprightness"), from Latin rectus ("straight"), perfect passive participle of regō ("regulate, guide"). (Wiktionary)

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