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bona fide

[boh-nuh fahyd, bon-uh; boh-nuh fahy-dee] /ˈboʊ nə ˌfaɪd, ˈbɒn ə; ˈboʊ nə ˈfaɪ di/
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.
Also, bona-fide.
Origin of bona fide
1935-45; < Latin bonā fidē
Can be confused
bona fide, bona fides (see usage note at bona fides)
1. honest, sincere; lawful, legal. 2. genuine.
spurious, deceitful, false. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bona fide

bona fide

adjective (ˈbəʊnə ˈfaɪdɪ)
real or genuine: a bona fide manuscript
undertaken in good faith: a 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
C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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bona fide in Culture
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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