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The term “moral rectitude” has appeared more than once on this page in the last few weeks. Presumably a person of moral rectitude has high moral standards — is honest in word and deed, strives to be fair, cares about others, keeps promises, does not cheat, does not destroy property, is responsible and dependable, treats others as s/he wants to be treated, etc.

Presumably the people who use the phrase believe that they have high moral standards and want to support people and institutions that do, too.

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The world would rejoice if the next president of our country, of whatever party, gender, or color, were a person of moral rectitude. Think it’s a test?

— Mary Fahnestock-Thomas, Hamilton

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