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bona fide

or bona-fide

[ boh-nuh-fahyd, bon-uh; boh-nuh-fahy-dee ]
/ ˈboʊ nə ˌfaɪd, ˈbɒn ə; ˈboʊ nə ˈfaɪ di /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of bona fide

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin bonā fidē “in good faith, with good faith,” ablative singular of (nominative singular) bona fidēs; see also bona fides

usage note for bona fide

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bona fide

bona fide , bona fides (see usage note at bona fides)
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British Dictionary definitions for bona fide

bona fide

adjective (ˈbəʊnə ˈfaɪdɪ)
real or genuinea bona fide manuscript
undertaken in good faitha bona fide agreement
noun (ˈbɔːnə fɑɪd)
Irish informal a public house licensed to remain open after normal hours to serve bona fide travellers

Word Origin for bona fide

C16: from Latin
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Cultural definitions for bona fide

bona fide
[ (boh-nuh feyed, boh-nuh feye-dee, bon-uh feyed) ]

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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