bona fides


bo·na fi·des

noun \ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-ˌdēz, ÷ˈbō-nə-ˌfīdz\

: evidence which shows that what you have said about yourself is true : evidence showing that you deserve a position or that you can be trusted

Full Definition of BONA FIDES

1
:  good faith :  sincerity
2
:  the fact of being genuine —often plural in construction
3
:  evidence of one's good faith or genuineness —often plural in construction
4
:  evidence of one's qualifications or achievements —often plural in construction

Origin of BONA FIDES

Latin, literally, good faith
First Known Use: 1665

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