rec·ti·tude (rĕktĭ-td′, -tyd′)
1. Moral uprightness; righteousness.
2. The quality or condition of being correct in judgment.
3. The quality of being straight.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rēctitūdō, from Latin rēctus, straight; see reg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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