Definition of bona fide in English:

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bona fide

Pronunciation: /ˌbəʊnə ˈfʌɪdi/


Genuine; real: she was a bona fide expert
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  • These people are permitted into the country because the visa stamp in their passports is legal and bona fide.
  • To support Britain's decision, he gave out asylum statistics which clearly indicate that hundreds applying for asylum status were not bona fide.
  • ‘The horse is a bona fide star,’ says the commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.


chiefly Law
Without intention to deceive: the court will assume that they have acted bona fide
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  • It would seem to me, however, that this does not derogate from the requirement that the decision of the Directors must be made bona fide.
  • Clearly they must perform that function honestly and bona fide.
  • There is no objection to a party purchasing a judgment for the purpose of using it as a set-off if this be done bona fide.


Latin, literally 'with good faith', ablative singular of bona fides.

Words that rhyme with bona fide

Heidi, mala fide, tidy, vide

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