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  • Morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness.

    ‘Maddie is a model of rectitude’
    • ‘One excellent way to forget it is to focus with righteous rectitude on the evils of others while focusing on the nobility of oneself.’
    • ‘However they range from the model of rectitude to the reprobate, from the intellectual to the ignorant, we vary more.’
    • ‘The ‘devoting’ of the people to God was a demonstration of the divine rectitude and justice.’
    • ‘In recent years, Japan, once a model of fiscal rectitude, spent wildly on public works projects in an effort to stimulate the economy.’
    • ‘In class they would study hard; in the dorms they would be models of rectitude and self-discipline.’
    • ‘Is there another group that seeks the path of rectitude and moderation with the same fervor?’
    • ‘He is a model of moral rectitude, unabashed pragmatism, voluminous machismo and carnal fortification.’
    • ‘They will, however, be loath to permit deviant minorities to wander from widely acknowledged paths of rectitude.’
    • ‘It is therefore about American self-respect, rightness, and a sense of moral rectitude.’
    • ‘She's high-strung, suspicious and full of moral rectitude.’
    • ‘And if they did not know it - if they were genuinely convinced of their own rectitude - can we call them evil?’
    • ‘We also stand for fiscal rectitude and law and order.’
    • ‘It brings a whole new meaning to moral rectitude.’
    • ‘The emphasis here is on exemplary, individual acts of moral protest, not on ideological rectitude.’
    • ‘That doesn't sound at all like a person convinced of his own rectitude.’
    • ‘There has been no catharsis of moral or strategic rectitude.’
    • ‘Suffering does not necessarily confer saintliness or rectitude.’
    • ‘He now seems more than ever convinced of his own rectitude, more certain that his words and actions are necessarily benevolent.’
    • ‘If more nudity is the conduit by which these ends are achieved, then so be it, and to hell with moral rectitude.’
    • ‘We know that he has the moral rectitude to stand up to the vilest attacks and pressure.’
    righteousness, goodness, virtue, moral virtue, morality, honour, honourableness, integrity, principle, probity, honesty, right-mindedness, trustworthiness, truthfulness, uprightness, upstandingness, good character, scrupulousness, decency, fairness, equity, justice
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/ˈrektəˌt(y)o͞od/ /ˈrɛktəˌt(j)ud/


Late Middle English (denoting straightness): from Old French, from late Latin rectitudo, from Latin rectus ‘right, straight’.