- (uncountable) The state of being honest, honourable, and moral.
- You are responsible only for your own uprightness. See to that and all else will take care of itself. - Miles Williams Mathis
- 1621 May 4 (Gregorian calendar), Robert Saunderson [i.e., Robert Sanderson], “[Ad Clerum.] The Second Sermon. At a Visitation at Boston, Linc[olnshire] 24. April. 1621.”, in Twelve Sermons, […], [new] edition, London: […] Aug[ustine] Math[ews], for Robert Dawlman, and are to be sold by Robert Allet, […], published 1632, →OCLC, §. 18, pages 59–60:
- [S]uch as therefore ſhould not be adventured vpon vvithout mature and vnpartiall diſquiſition of the vprightneſſe of our affections therein, […]
- (uncountable) The state of being erect or vertical.
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XII, in Francesca Carrara. […], volume II, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 119:
- It is singular how forcibly this passage in my narrative brings to my mind a picture which used to be, some years ago, at a broker's—that charnel-house of the comforts and graces of life. It had been taken out of its frame, and leant in a dark and dusty corner against a perpendicular armchair, whose rigid uprightness seemed suited only to the parlour of a dentist, repose being the last idea it suggested.
- (countable) The product or result of being upright.
state of being honest, honourable, and moral