bona fide

bo·​na fide | \ ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce bona fide (audio) , ˈbä-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, -ˈfī-də How to pronounce bona fide (audio) \

Definition of bona fide

1 : neither specious nor counterfeit : genuine has become a bona fide celebrity
2 : made with earnest intent : sincere a bona fide proposal
3 law : made in good faith without fraud or deceit a bona fide offer to buy a farm

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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

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Bona fide means "in good faith" in Latin. When applied to business deals and the like, it stresses the absence of fraud or deception. A bona fide sale of securities is an entirely aboveboard transaction. Outside of business and law, bona fide implies mere sincerity and earnestness. A bona fide promise is one that the person has every intention of keeping. A bona fide proposal of marriage is one made by a suitor who isn't kidding around. Bona fide also has the noun form bona fides; when someone asks about someone else's bona fides, it usually means evidence of their qualifications or achievements.

Examples of bona fide in a Sentence

She has established her position as a bona fide celebrity. His latest record was a bona fide hit. They have a bona fide claim for the loss.
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Recent Examples on the Web In recent months, the Chinese video-sharing social networking service TikTok has gone from harmless distraction to bona fide political issue. Emma Specter, Vogue, "What’s Going On With Trump’s TikTok Ban?," 18 Sep. 2020 But Moniz has ties to bona fide fossil fuel companies, too. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Biden Adviser Who Gives Climate Activists Nightmares," 15 Sep. 2020 Masked exposures are no substitute for a bona fide vaccine. Star Tribune, "New theory asks: Could a mask be a crude 'vaccine'?," 9 Sep. 2020 By the time her fellow millennials began holding down their first jobs, somewhere in their teens, Selena was a bona fide millionaire. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Selena Gomez Is in Full Control of Her Life," 9 Sep. 2020 But Caro's Mulan is a bona fide warrior; her ending is far more ambiguous, and the better for being so. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Sumptuously reimagined Mulan turns Disney princess into a true warrior," 5 Sep. 2020 Over the years, Small grew devoted to the unofficial animal sanctuary operating out of her house, finally quitting her job and transforming it into a bona fide operation three years ago. Washington Post, "A farm sanctuary for animals and humans is on the brink of closure. Can it survive?," 27 Aug. 2020 Probably not a bad idea, either, to have a strong countermeasure for tight ends in a division that features bona fide threats in Travis Kelce (Chiefs) and Hunter Henry (Chargers) as well as an emerging talent in Noah Fant (Broncos). Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Earl Thomas landing spots: Will Cowboys finally 'come get' ex-Ravens safety?," 24 Aug. 2020 And that’s despite bona fide Cy Young candidate Lance Lynn posting 1.59 ERA. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "While much of the sports world stood still, it was business as usual for the Rangers. Which means they lost again," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bona fide

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for bona fide

Latin, literally, in good faith

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25 Sep 2020

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“Bona fide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bona fide

: real or genuine
law : made or done in an honest and sincere way

bona fide

bo·​na fide | \ ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce bona fide (audio) , ˈbä- \

Kids Definition of bona fide

: genuine sense 1 I have a bona fide excuse.

bona fide

bo·​na fide | \ ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-nə-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, -ˈfī-də How to pronounce bona fide (audio) \

Legal Definition of bona fide

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 : made with or characterized by sincerity a bona fide belief
3 : being real or genuine bona fide residents

History and Etymology for bona fide

Latin, in good faith

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