genuine

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

Essential Meaning of genuine

1 : actual, real, or true : not false or fake genuine leather The signature is genuine. [=authentic] There has been a genuine improvement in the economy in recent months.
2 : sincere and honest genuine emotions She showed a genuine interest in our work. See More ExamplesHe has always shown a genuine concern for poor people. a genuine desire to help others She seems to be a very genuine person.Hide

Full 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 Lance did emerge as a genuine double-threat quarterback. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 Both are spooky in a cozy way, balancing on a fine line between genuine creepiness and age-appropriateness. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 Wanamaker has a genuine shot to make the team as a No. 3 point guard. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Oct. 2021 Two episodes later, in episode 10, the entire team attends the funeral for the father of their boss, Rebecca, and does so out of a genuine effort to support her in her loss. David M. Perry And Matthew Gabriele, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 As proprietress of a boarding house that seems to cater to misfits and down-and-outers, this maternal figure stands tall, talks truth, and envelops her little band of losers in the warming embrace of honest affection and genuine respect. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 8 Oct. 2021 The film manages to surface moments of dignity and genuine emotion from a dehumanizing system. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 8 Oct. 2021 But observers say there’s cause for genuine albeit cautious optimism this time. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021 This metastasized as a sort of juvenile mania: Everyone else was fake or putting on airs and not staying true to their genuine selves, whatever that meant. New York Times, 5 Oct. 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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14 Oct 2021

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“Genuine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genuine. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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genuine

adjective
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.

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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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