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bona fide

adjective bo·na fide \ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, -ˈfī-də\

Simple Definition of bona fide

  • : real or genuine

  • law : made or done in an honest and sincere way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bona fide

  1. 1 :  made in good faith without fraud or deceit <a bona fide offer to buy a farm>

  2. 2 :  made with earnest intent :  sincere

  3. 3 :  neither specious nor counterfeit :  genuine

Examples of bona fide in a sentence

  1. She has established her position as a bona fide celebrity.

  2. His latest record was a bona fide hit.

  3. They have a bona fide claim for the loss.

Origin of bona fide

Latin, literally, in good faith

First Known Use: 1632

Synonym Discussion of bona fide

authentic, genuine, bona fide mean being actually and exactly what is claimed. authentic implies being fully trustworthy as according with fact <an authentic account of the perilous journey>; it can also stress painstaking or faithful imitation of an original <an authentic reproduction> <authentic Vietnamese cuisine>. genuine implies actual character not counterfeited, imitated, or adulterated <genuine piety> <genuine maple syrup>; it also connotes definite origin from a source <a genuine Mark Twain autograph>. bona fide implies good faith and sincerity of intention <a bona fide offer for the stock>.

Rhymes with bona fide

BONA FIDE Defined for Kids

bona fide

adjective bo·na fide \ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-\

Definition of bona fide for Students

  1. :  genuine 1 <I have a bona fide excuse.>

Law Dictionary

bona fide

adjective bo·na fide \ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-nə-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, -ˈfī-də\

Legal Definition of bona fide

  1. 1a :  characterized by good faith and lack of fraud or deceit <a bona fide offer> b :  valid under or in compliance with the law <retirement incentives made part of a bona fide employee benefit plan>

  2. 2 :  made with or characterized by sincerity <a bona fide belief>

  3. 3 :  being real or genuine <bona fide residents>

Origin of bona fide

Latin, in good faith

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