gen·​u·​ine | \ ˈjen-yə-wən How to pronounce genuine (audio) , -(ˌ)win, nonstandard -ˌwīn How to pronounce genuine (audio) \

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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genuineness \ ˈjen-​yə-​wə(n)-​nəs How to pronounce genuine (audio) \ 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 The new corporate experiments reflect genuine concern among managers that burned-out employees have had few breaks over the past year, as many have worked almost continuously at home. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "The Latest Workplace Perk: Cash Bonuses for Taking Vacations," 9 Apr. 2021 Those closest describe her as genuine, humble, the exact opposite of self-absorbed. Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune, "For Paige Bueckers, no stage is too big and no brother is too small," 1 Apr. 2021 While the bill might ostensibly be framed in terms of religious freedom, there’s genuine concern that it could be used to discriminate against LGBTQ+ patients. Emma Specter, Vogue, "What You Need to Know About Arkansas’s New Anti-LGBTQ+ Health Care Bill," 24 Mar. 2021 The success of this model isn’t just anecdotal; research has found that servant leaders earn trust and build long-term relationships with their team members by showing genuine concern for each employee at every level of the organization. Bob Bennett, Forbes, "Why Serving Is A Leader’s Key To Great Communication, Loyalty And Success," 18 Mar. 2021 Researchers point out that, often, false information is spread accidentally, or out of genuine concern. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "The Fight Against Vaccine Misinformation," 10 Mar. 2021 Purpose must be genuine, authentic, and deeply embedded in your organization’s business model—and living a strong Purpose will strengthen a company’s resilience and value. Bill Schaninger, Fortune, "Three common pitfalls for Corporate Purpose—and how to overcome them," 9 Mar. 2021 Lippe said to her friend, who continued to call and ask about her well-being in genuine concern. Washington Post, "A year later, Washington region’s first coronavirus patient recounts trauma of her role in history," 1 Mar. 2021 This is a genuine opportunity to learn about one of the most innovative, meticulous wine-producing areas in the world. Kim Westerman, Forbes, "Cellar 503 Brings Popular Pour Oregon Wine Tasting Event Right To Your Home," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of genuine was circa 1639

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29 Apr 2021

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“Genuine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of genuine

: actual, real, or true : not false or fake
: sincere and honest


gen·​u·​ine | \ ˈjen-yə-wən How to pronounce genuine (audio) \

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



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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