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 (rĕk′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
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 Indo-European roots.]

rec′ti·tu′di·nous adj.
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showing rectitude
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