bona fide

adjective bo·na fide \ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, -ˈfī-də\

: real or genuine

law : made or done in an honest and sincere way

Full Definition of BONA FIDE

:  made in good faith without fraud or deceit <a bona fide offer to buy a farm>
:  made with earnest intent :  sincere
:  neither specious nor counterfeit :  genuine

Origin of BONA FIDE

Latin, literally, in good faith
First Known Use: 1632

Synonym Discussion of BONA FIDE

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>.

Rhymes with BONA FIDE

BONA FIDE Defined for Kids

bona fide

adjective bo·na fide \ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-\

Definition of BONA FIDE for Kids

:  genuine 1 <I have a bona fide excuse.>


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