- 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 genuineness
The proprietors of this paper guarantee the genuineness of this offer.The Mayflower, January, 1905
The genuineness of this fragment has been established beyond doubt.The Issahar Artifacts
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On the whole, more may be said in favour of the genuineness of the Hippias than against it.Menexenus
These palpable errors and absurdities are absolutely irreconcilable with their genuineness.Charmides
There was no mistaking the genuineness of the appeal, and Reg frankly gave him his hand.Australia Revenged
- not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
- not pretending; frank; sincere
- being of authentic or original stock
Word Origin and History for genuineness
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.