- made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud: a bona fide statement of intent to sell.
- authentic; true: a bona fide sample of Lincoln's handwriting.
Origin of bona fide
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Examples from the Web for bona fide
Sometimes they were written by an immigrant, a bona-fide worker.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
Had it been a trick of his senses or a bona-fide apparition?
I think what he meant was that he'd like it to look like a bona-fide, voluntary sale.Otherwise Phyllis
Why should not a bona-fide brother go to see his only sister?The Girls of St. Wode's
L. T. Meade
Here at last was a bona-fide lower-berther who might be induced to enlighten me.The Affable Stranger
- real or genuinea bona fide manuscript
- undertaken in good faitha bona fide agreement
- Irish informal a public house licensed to remain open after normal hours to serve bona fide travellers
Word Origin and History for bona fide
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.”