genuine

adjective
gen·​u·​ine | \ˈjen-yə-wən, -(ˌ)win, nonstandard -ˌwīn \

Definition of genuine 

1a : actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character genuine vintage wines

b : actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author the signature is genuine

c : sincerely and honestly felt or experienced a deep and genuine love

d : actual, true a genuine improvement

2 : free from hypocrisy or pretense : sincere His apology seemed genuine.

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genuinely adverb
genuineness \ˈjen-​yə-​wə(n)-​nəs \ noun

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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

How do you pronounce genuine?: Usage Guide

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.

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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

With its focus on inclusivity, the magazine is gaining a reputation as an insightful channel for emerging talent and genuine, creative conversation. Vogue, "25 Ways to Gucci: Rome’s Creative Class," 29 Nov. 2018 In spite of this, the use of patents to extract royalties was one of the major sticking points within the open source community, used as evidence that Microsoft was not genuine in its commitment to open source principles. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft promises to defend—not attack—Linux with its 60,000 patents," 10 Oct. 2018 Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Willie Nelson to fans upset he's headlining rally for Dem Senate candidate: 'I don't care'," 19 Sep. 2018 Jones did this: And winner Regina King did this: Her reaction was genuine and perfect. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Important Moments You May Have Missed from the 2018 Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 Prospects for populist leaders after electoral success Whether these leaders’ ambitious visions can be transformed from populist opportunism to a genuine and realistic program for reform remains to be seen. Renad Mansour, Washington Post, "An emerging populism is sweeping the Middle East," 11 July 2018 There is a real, genuine and justified belief that England can beat Croatia on Wednesday and rightly so. SI.com, "Detractors Calling England's Run 'Easy' Have Failed to Learn Lessons of World Cup History," 10 July 2018 While the confession seems heartfelt and genuine, Erakat’s history of sensational dishonesty in pursuit of views has left fans wondering whether his talk of suicide is real or not. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "A controversial YouTuber’s suicidal claims have fans questioning his motives," 24 Sep. 2018 Thank you so much @johndavidpfeiffer @10magazine @monica.mitro @ed_razek not only for believing in me but being kind, genuine, sweet, loving people in the process. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Every Model Walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of genuine

circa 1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for genuine

Latin genuinus innate, genuine; akin to Latin gignere to beget — more at kin

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genuine

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of genuine

: actual, real, or true : not false or fake

: sincere and honest

genuine

adjective
gen·​u·​ine | \ˈjen-yə-wən \

Kids Definition of genuine

1 : actual, real, or true : not false or fake genuine gold

2 : sincere and honest She showed genuine interest.

Other Words from genuine

genuinely adverb

genuine

adjective
gen·​u·​ine

Legal Definition of genuine 

: actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character specifically : free of forgery or counterfeiting — see also genuine issue at issue

Other Words from genuine

genuinely adverb
genuineness noun

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