- 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 bonafide
Super Bowl Halftime Shows are no longer kitschy theme park spectacles, but bonafide entertainment events.Inside New York City’s Super Bowl Music Blitz
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He was a bonafide stud, and gained the affections of an entire generation of Millennials.Actor Paul Walker, Star of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Films, Dies In Car Crash
December 1, 2013
Judging from the list, it seems like German chancellor Angela Merkel is a bonafide Adidas addict.Sarkozy Gave the Obamas $41,000 Worth of Swag
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April 26, 2013
Seth Rogen, a soft-bellied, bong-loving schlub in Knocked Up, is now a bonafide superhero in the forthcoming The Green Hornet.The Nerds' Last Hurrah
June 2, 2010
It is really too bad that they don't exist as objective, bonafide compilations of the elder and darker Lore!The Fantasy Fan November 1933
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It was evidently a voodoo ceremony they were enacting, and I knew it could not be complete—if bonafide—without the snake.The Voodoo Gold Trail
- 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 bonafide
see 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.”