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Webster 1913 Edition


Rectitude

Rec′ti-tude

(r?k′t?-t?d)
,
Noun.
[L.
rectitudo
, fr.
rectus
right, straight: cf. F.
rectitude
. See
Right
.]
1.
Straightness.
[R.]
Johnson.
2.
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.
Right judgment.
[R.]
Sir G. C. Lewis.
Syn. – See
Justice
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Rectitude

REC'TITUDE

,
Noun.
[L. rectus, right, straight.]
In morality, rightness of principle or practice; uprightness of mind; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws. Rectitude of mind is the disposition to act in conformity to any known standard of right, truth or justice; rectitude of conduct is the actual conformity to such standard. Perfect rectitude belongs only to the Supreme Being. The more nearly the rectitude of men approaches to the standard of the divine law, the more exalted and dignified is their character. Want of rectitude is not only sinful, but debasing.
There is a sublimity in conscious rectitude - in comparison with which the treasures of earth are not worth naming.

Definition 2021


rectitude

rectitude

English

Noun

rectitude (countable and uncountable, plural rectitudes)

  1. Straightness; the state or quality of having a constant direction and not being crooked or bent. [from 15th c.]
  2. (now rare) The fact or quality of being right or correct; correctness of opinion or judgement. [from 15th c.]
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, p. 98:
      A consciousness of rectitude can be a terrible thing, and in those days I didn't just think that I was right: I thought that “we” (our group of International Socialists in particular) were being damn well proved right.
  3. Conformity to the rules prescribed for moral conduct; (moral) uprightness, virtue. [from 16th c.]
    • 1776, Thomas Jefferson, et al., Declaration of Independence, 4 Jul.:
      We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be Free and Independent States.

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References

  • rectitude in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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French

Etymology

From Late Latin rectitūdō (straightness, uprightness), from Latin rectus (straight), perfect passive participle of regō (regulate, guide).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʁɛk.ti.tyd/
  • Homophone: rectitudes
  • Hyphenation: rec‧ti‧tude

Noun

rectitude f (plural rectitudes)

  1. rectitude

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