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 (kə-rĕk′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
Appropriate manners and behavior; propriety.
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the quality of correctness, esp conscious correctness in behaviour
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(kəˈrɛk tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

correctness, esp. of manners and conduct.
[1890–95; b. correct and rectitude]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.correctitude - correct or appropriate behavior
demeanor, demeanour, deportment, behaviour, conduct, behavior - (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
decorousness, decorum - propriety in manners and conduct
appropriateness, rightness - appropriate conduct; doing the right thing
correctness - the quality of conformity to social expectations
good form - behavior that conforms to social conventions of the time; "it is not good form to brag about winning"
priggishness, primness - exaggerated and arrogant properness
reserve, modesty - formality and propriety of manner
seemliness, grace - a sense of propriety and consideration for others; "a place where the company of others must be accepted with good grace"
decency - the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
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References in classic literature ?
The German sense of correctitude was deeply shocked by this outbreak.
Inevitably, India's Kashmir policy requires political correctitude in place of Modi's political faux pas.
This little book is sure to be polarizing: journalist David Grann describes it as "destined to become the defining treatise of our age," while the New Criterion calls it "a petulant little squeal of political correctitude against Donald Trump" by a "low-wattage" critic.
However, bureaucratic attempts to embellish correctitude (as contrasted with culturally enabled and defended propriety) can produce anticorruption institutions that further enlarge the state, thus calling the legitimacy of governance into question.
WAS it misguided political correctitude turned inverse racism or plain panic that led the Met's boss to tell us the police "need to do more to build trust"?
Which parts of what Phil Robertson said were right and which were wrong depends, of course, upon the listener's interpretation -- the listener who will proceed to measure it against an arbitrary framework of subjective precepts of "correctitude.''
He symbolised with his charisma the meanings of personal integrity, fidelity and correctitude in the truest of sense.
One really has to wonder what the reviewer, Becky Tuch, was expecting from a magazine called The American Dissident: rah-rah-rah Obama and political correctitude?
In this context, certain issues have been reopened recently that affect the census' correctitude. One of these issues is the participation of Albanians in this important operation, not only from a demographic, but also from a social, cultural and political aspect.
All movement patterns were carefully studied for muscle collision and kinematical correctitude; after all data was considered viable, the next phase of the study--using inverse dynamics, was conducted.
It is hard to know whether Conrad was referring--tongue-in-cheek?--to Ford's praise "of a limpid correctitude, according to the very best of English standards" or to Ford's praise of Conrad's Polish countrymen as "a nation of aristocrats and individualists" (Sherry 243).

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