Definition of genuine
- genuine vintage wines
- the signature is genuine
- a deep and genuine love
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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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.
: actual, real, or true : not false or fake
: sincere and honest
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