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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/
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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for bona-fide
Historical Examples
  • Here at last was a bona-fide lower-berther who might be induced to enlighten me.

    The Affable Stranger Peter McArthur
  • Sometimes they were written by an immigrant, a bona-fide worker.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • He did make one bona-fide attempt, but the stock went down, he sold out and netted a small loss.

  • I think what he meant was that he'd like it to look like a bona-fide, voluntary sale.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • No, the government had no evidence of crime against Schneider or Forster, or any of the bona-fide Socialists.

    Jimmie Higgins Upton Sinclair
  • In fact, I have had a fancy that you were a bona-fide guest.

    By Right of Purchase Harold Bindloss
  • The Batavian republic now was a bona-fide modern state and all was well with the world.

    The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • At present I have a bona-fide bid of fifteen hundred from you.

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
  • You may not know it, gentlemen, but we have had a bona-fide offer of one hundred dollars—and that isn't to be sneezed at, is it?

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
  • But, points out some one, there are books on labor written by bona-fide workers.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bona-fide

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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