- possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real: genuine sympathy; a genuine antique.
- properly so called: a genuine case of smallpox.
- free from pretense, affectation, or hypocrisy; sincere: a genuine person.
- descended from the original stock; pure in breed: a genuine Celtic people.
Origin of genuine
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Examples from the Web for genuinely
On the one hand, they are genuinely powerful, and Democrats rely on their money and manpower during elections.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
Indeed, does Francis, or any Christian, genuinely accept that God is God, whether his name be Allah or God?Does Pope Francis Believe Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
December 7, 2014
She is genuinely concerned, of course, that you look so exhausted and old.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
All were genuinely shocked and mystified when they finally learned, on Sept. 4, that I was not covered by MagnaCare.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
But it is clear he is not a man who is interested in having beers with people he is not genuinely interested in interacting with.From POTUS to SCOTUS: Obama’s Big Move?
November 17, 2014
"That's the first I've heard of it," said Austin, genuinely surprised.Viviette
William J. Locke
He was genuinely in love, even unselfishly—as far as he could be unselfish.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Mamunds themselves were now genuinely anxious for peace.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
She was genuinely pleased, saying in reply that one did one's possible, but that children!The Forest
Stewart Edward White
They surrounded the place effectively and surprised Tony genuinely.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
- not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
- not pretending; frank; sincere
- being of authentic or original stock
Word Origin and History for genuinely
1590s, "natural, not acquired," from Latin genuinus "native, natural," from root of gignere "beget" (see genus), perhaps influenced in form by contrasting adulterinus "spurious." [Alternative etymology is from Latin genu "knee," from a supposed ancient custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn by placing it on his knee.] Meaning "really proceeding from its reputed source" is from 1660s. Related: Genuinely; genuineness.