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) \

Essential Meaning of bona fide

1 : real or genuine She has established her position as a bona fide celebrity. His latest record was a bona fide hit.
2 law : made or done in an honest and sincere way a bona fide offer They have a bona fide claim for the loss.

Full 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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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Bona fide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for bona fide

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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