- 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 genuine
Public sector unions create a genuine political conundrum for Democrats.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
Human vision is as close as we mere mortals will ever come to having a genuine superpower.Why Natural Color Is So Crucial To Understanding A Whisky’s Flavors
December 10, 2014
Available at Olympic Provisions Mexico: The Cookbook, $33 Is there anything better than genuine Mexican food?The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Anthony Bourdain in Your Life
November 29, 2014
I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather.Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
He would rather endorse someone with genuine doubts than someone with disingenuous beliefs.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
November 24, 2014
The one was capable of genuine sympathy; the other not yet of any.Weighed and Wanting
The bread was genuine homemade, a term so often misused in the cities.In the Midst of Alarms
These were, however, genuine, and spoke in the name and with the authority of the tribes.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
You will know that which is genuine because it makes room for more happiness.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
He and Rose would have to get down to a genuine basis, and the quicker the better.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
- not pretending; frank; sincere
- being of authentic or original stock
Word Origin and History for genuine
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.