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People with data science bona fides are among the most sought-after professionals in business, with some data science Ph.
Steps beyond dismantling Punggye-ri will be needed to demonstrate a bona fide commitment to denuclearize, said David Albright, founder of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington.
But Post is indeed different from other white rappers, most of whom try to prove their bona fides through virtuosity or political solidarity.
Warren's presence in Ohio -- on the trail and at private fundraisers -- could boost Cordray's liberal bona fides at a crucial time.
Despite Sessions' hard-right bona fides — he was considered one of the most conservative members of the U.S. Senate during his four terms in office — other conservatives have begun to pile on.
His conservative bona fides have, reputedly, helped earn him a spot on President Trump’s shortlist for Supreme Court nominations.
Given his conservative bona fides, President Trump's lone nominee is likely to tip the balance against the unions.
So, with the city's romantic bona fides being thusly established, here's a heartfelt pre-Valentine's Day query: Why are there no good romantic comedies set in New Orleans?
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Bona fides looks like a plural word in English, but in Latin, it's a singular noun that literally means "good faith." When bona fides entered English, it at first stayed very close to its Latin use - it was found mostly in legal contexts and it meant "honesty or lawfulness of purpose," just as it did in Latin. It also retained its singular construction. Using this original sense one might speak of "a claimant whose bona fides is unquestionable," for example. But in the 20th century, use of bona fides began to widen, and it began to appear with a plural verb in certain contexts. For example, a sentence such as "the informant's bona fides were ascertained" is now possible.
BONA FIDES Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bona fides for English Language Learners
: 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
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