good faith


Definition of good faith

: honesty or lawfulness of purpose

Examples of good faith in a Sentence

You have no right to question my good faith.
Recent Examples on the Web Researchers may sometimes resort to performing tests without knowledge or consent of the organization, nevertheless acting in good faith, with public interest in mind. Lukasz Olejnik, Wired, "India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity," 8 Feb. 2020 Working with Becker’s team, Hagl made a good faith effort to try a number of alternatives to opioids, but her pain flared up. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How to Break the Bonds of Opioids," 20 Dec. 2019 Instead, the organization wants them to make a good faith effort to allow blind people to use them. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Domino’s Delivers a Dilemma to the Supreme Court: A Website Accessibility Case That Could Impact Thousands of Companies," 3 Oct. 2019 Although the Court denied today’s request for a temporary restraining order, Salt-N-Pepa have agreed [to] not make any reference to Spinderella in connection with any promotion, and will make good faith efforts to cause others to honor the same. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Spinderella's Royalties Lawsuit Against Salt-N-Pepa Ordered to Mediation, As Duo Likens Fight to 'Divorce'," 2 Aug. 2019 Taken together, these events suggest that even organizations that seem to be addressing issues of inclusion in good faith are susceptible to fracturing. Christine Larson, The Conversation, "If the Romance Writers of America can implode over racism, no group is safe," 22 Jan. 2020 The lawsuit lists five claims: breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith, unjust enrichment, fraudulent representation and theft by contractor. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis Antetokounmpo sues over home renovations," 20 Nov. 2019 The state and local governments at least should try to govern in good faith, set correct and sensible priorities, not mis-govern, often due to poor or sick politics. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "How to catch carpool cheats: Behind the search to find a better way," 28 July 2019 There is, additionally, the question of whether Biden's public comments are truly in good faith, or in service of his likely presidential run. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "What's Missing from Joe Biden's Anita Hill Comments," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of good faith

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Feb 2020

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“Good faith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of good faith

: honesty in dealing with other people

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Legal Definition of good faith

: honesty, fairness, and lawfulness of purpose : absence of any intent to defraud, act maliciously, or take unfair advantage filed the suit in good faith negotiating in good faith — see also good faith exception, good faith purchaser — compare bad faith

Note: The meaning of good faith, though always based on honesty, may vary depending on the specific context in which it is used. A person is said to buy in good faith when he or she holds an honest belief in his or her right or title to the property and has no knowledge or reason to know of any defect in the title. In section 1-201 of the Uniform Commercial Code good faith is defined generally as “honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing.” Where recent U.C.C. amendments have not been adopted, this definition is found in Article 3 on negotiable instruments (and applies to Article 4 on bank deposits and collections and Article 4A on funds transfers), while Article 2 on sales defines it as “honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of dealing in the trade.” Article 5 (letters of credit), as amended, defines it as “honesty in fact in the conduct or transaction concerned.” The U.C.C. imposes an obligation of good faith on the performance of every contract or duty under its purview. The law also generally requires good faith of fiduciaries and agents acting on behalf of their principals. There is also a requirement under the National Labor Relations Act that employers and unions bargain in good faith.

History and Etymology for good faith

translation of Latin bona fides

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