Definition of genuine
1a : actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character genuine vintage winesb : actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author the signature is genuinec : sincerely and honestly felt or experienced a deep and genuine loved : actual, true a genuine improvement
genuinenessplay \ˈjen-yə-wə(n)-nəs\ noun
How do you pronounce genuine?
The objection which some commentators make to the pronunciation \ˈjen-yə-ˌwīn\ is perhaps occasioned by the fact that it is more frequent among those with less schooling. However, this variant is heard in the speech of cultured or highly educated speakers sufficiently frequently for it to be recognized as a widespread pronunciation at all social levels. This variant was recorded as early as 1890 and appears to be simply a long-standing spelling pronunciation.
Examples of genuine in a Sentence
But whatever else he is, he is the genuine article. A writer of one terrible book after another, but a writer nonetheless. —Dale Peck, New Republic, 1 July 2002
Having had two brothers, a sister and a brother-in-law die violently, he acquired a genuine identification with suffering, particularly that of what has come to be called the underclass. —George F. Will, New York Times Book Review, 24 May 1998
Like a poem, a genuine essay is made of language and character and mood and temperament and pluck and chance. —Cynthia Ozick, Atlantic, September 1998
There has been a genuine improvement in the economy in recent months.
She showed a genuine interest in our work.
He has always shown a genuine concern for poor people.
a genuine desire to help others
She seems to be a very genuine person.
Recent Examples of genuine from the Web
Yet in a growing number of fragile new democracies, especially in Africa, where similarly absurd results were once common, elections have become genuine.
Over the last two nights, something fascinating has broken out on the Tucker Carlson show: A genuine, and exceedingly bitter, debate between conservatives on foreign policy.
A new period of genuine reform followed with police chief William Bratton and his successor, current chief Charlie Beck.
Because of Trump's openly disparaging comments about HBCUs and lack of follow through, Mallory feels that the only way Trump's support would be accepted as genuine at this stage is through funding.
Instead of the standard introductory class in biology, Pray benefited from an initiative funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) that gives students a chance to do genuine lab science.
Her affection for Jen is genuine, but she’s tragically torn apart by a heart at war with her head.
At one point, heavily armed police storm the stage (hence that audience warning), prompting what looks like genuine sympathy for Carmen from Don José, and congratulations from his therapist (Pierre Grammont, in a speaking role).
But Natixis is suing broker Marex Financial Ltd., which responded by saying the receipts were checked and verified as genuine, according to legal papers filed in London.
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Is genuineness the Noun Form of genuine?
Many people appear to look up the adjective genuine in this dictionary in an attempt to discover the noun form of the word. The closest the English language comes is the rather unwieldy genuineness, meaning “the quality or state of being genuine.” Some possible alternatives to genuineness include sincerity, honesty, integrity, and truthfulness.
Synonym Discussion of genuine
GENUINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of genuine for English Language Learners
: actual, real, or true : not false or fake
: sincere and honest
GENUINE Defined for Kids
Definition of genuine for Students
1 : actual, real, or true : not false or fake genuine gold
2 : sincere and honest She showed genuine interest.
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