bona fide


  1. made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud: a bona fide statement of intent to sell.
  2. authentic; true: a bona fide sample of Lincoln’s handwriting.

adjective (ˈbəʊnə ˈfaɪdɪ)

  1. real or genuinea bona fide manuscript
  2. undertaken in good faitha bona fide agreement

noun (ˈbɔːnə fɑɪd)

  1. Irish informal a public house licensed to remain open after normal hours to serve bona fide travellers

1540s, Latin, literally “in good faith,” ablative of bona fides “good faith” (see faith). Originally used as an adverb, later (18c.) also as an adjective. The opposite is mala fide.

Genuine: “The offer was a bona fide business opportunity: they really meant to carry it through.” From Latin, meaning “in good faith.”

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