Definition of correctitude in US English:



  • Correctness, especially conscious correctness in one's behavior.

    ‘Athens, not to be outdone in correctitude under cold war conditions, did not intervene until the Spartans had gone home’
    • ‘A judge shall behave with dignity, correctitude and sensitiveness towards the public interest, in his social life.’
    • ‘They decided last year that he was an un-electable oddball and national embarrassment - struggling to exude the requisite correctitude to be considered aldermanic, much less prime ministerial.’
    • ‘If nothing else, I knew that I would enjoy the spectacle of it uncomfortably squirming through the minefields of its own institutional political correctitude.’
    • ‘In the nation's cultural wars, he said, a leftist political correctitude based on anti-intellectual premises had been replaced by a rightist one.’
    • ‘Another curious conflict between political correctitude and traditional teachings was illuminated by the poster.’
    • ‘I dare say you're in good company - good to a fault if correctitude engenders a kind of exclusivity.’
    • ‘The nature of this correctitude is most wholly dependant upon the constitution of the witness.’
    • ‘It's a term that probably would be used by proponents of political correctitude.’
    • ‘It was not an age distinguished by its wrist-slapping correctitude over punctuation.’
    • ‘They looked upon religious correctitude as being of the utmost importance, and Halley's careful demeanor during the 1690s had the end result that he was successful in obtaining appointment to the Savilian Chair of Geometry in 1704.’
    • ‘He broke every rule of political correctitude that they had striven to impose on a nation with an international reputation for calling a spade a shovel.’


Late 19th century: blend of correct and rectitude.