PRONUNCIATION: (REK-ti-tood, -tyood)

MEANING: noun:
1. Moral uprightness.
2. Correctness.
3. Straightness.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin rectus (right, straight). Ultimately from the Indo-European root reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule) that also gave us regime, direct, rectangle, erect, alert, source, surge, recto, abrogate, arrogate, incorrigible, interregnum, prorogue, regent, regnant, and supererogatory. Earliest documented use: 1425.

REACTITUDE - a hair-trigger temper

RESTITUDE - just the opposite: slow to respond, verging on torpor

RECTITUNE - what the amateur band did to my song