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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Now, Tinder is trying to be serious too, focusing less on hookups and more on genuine connections. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Tinder Wants to Match You With People Who Go to the Same Places," 23 May 2018 There’s no genuine connection, for example, between the NFL and Rikers Island. Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "The Tether Between Two Worlds: An Interview with Sergio De La Pava," 16 May 2018 The film, which features NBA stars under layers of old-age makeup and a lead character developed for a series of Pepsi web videos, is just so strange that its genuine humor and heart catch you off guard. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "In ‘Uncle Drew,’ NBA greats bring moves and charm to basketball underdog comedy," 28 June 2018 The film, which features beloved NBA stars under layers of old-age makeup and a lead character who was developed for a series of Pepsi web videos, is just so incredibly strange that its genuine humor and heart catch you off guard. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "'Uncle Drew' is the surprise comedy of the summer," 28 June 2018 Much as opinions of that work were divided — some criticized it as garish, while others praised it as as vivid — conservationists disagree over whether restorations really restore biospheres, or create something that is less than genuine. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park," 22 June 2018 Much as opinions of that work were divided — some criticized it as garish, while others praised it as as vivid — conservationists disagree over whether restorations really restore biospheres, or create something that is less than genuine. Washington Post, "African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park," 22 June 2018 The company has released its first genuine hit in the genre, continuing to expand into territory that most Hollywood studios have abandoned lately. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Can Netflix’s Set It Up Help Revive the Romantic Comedy?," 21 June 2018 But counterfeiters have perfected their techniques, making it much harder to figure out whether an item is genuine. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Is that handbag designer or fake? Now there's an app for that," 7 June 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.

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genuinely adverb

genuine

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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

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genuinely adverb
genuineness noun

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