bona fide

[boh-nuh fahyd, bon-uh; boh-nuh fahy-dee]
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.

1935–45; < Latin bonā fidē

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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bona fide
1.  real or genuine: a bona fide manuscript
2.  undertaken in good faith: a bona fide agreement
3.  informal (Irish) a public house licensed to remain open after normal hours to serve bona fide travellers
[C16: from Latin]

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Word Origin & History

bona fide
1540s, from L., lit. "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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Cultural Dictionary
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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Example sentences
The purpose of this sole source is to only fulfill an immediate bonafide need of the government.
Evidence of such bonafide effort to communicate with insureds and claimants shall be maintained in the company's claim files.
Its mission was to protect the bonafide livestock producer.
Recognizing bonafide high quality or exemplary actions.
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