Definition of Bona fide

1. Adjective. Undertaken in good faith. "A bona fide offer"

Similar to: Sincere

2. Adjective. Not counterfeit or copied. "Photographs taken in a veritable bull ring"
Exact synonyms: Authentic, Unquestionable, Veritable
Similar to: Echt, Genuine
Derivative terms: Authenticity, Unquestionableness

Definition of Bona fide

1. Adjective. Done in good faith. ¹

2. Adjective. Genuine; not counterfeit. ¹

3. Adjective. (alternative spelling of bona fide) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bona Fide

bon appetit
bon mot
bon mots
bon sao
bon silene
bon ton
bon vivant
bon voyage
bona fida
bona fide (current term)
bona fides
bona peritura
bona roba
bona robas
bona vacantia

Literary usage of Bona fide

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1918)
bona fide holder was held entitled to recover in Holden v. Clark (1870) 16 Kan. ;>4t>. as against a defense of an alleged par- I tía I failure of ..."

2. Principles of Contract: Being a Treatise on the General Principles by Sir Frederick Pollock (1885)
"The rights of bona fide holders for value are as fully protected in equity as ... (y) The bona fide holder of an instrument with a forged indorsement may be ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"... a majority of this court to be liable to a bona fide holder of interest bearing treasury notes, printed by the Treasury Department from genuine plates, ..."

4. Commentaries on the Law of Municipal Corporations by John Forrest Dillon (1911)
"bona fide Holders not affected by Illegal Disposition of Consideration for Issue. — It may be laid down as a general rule that the manner in which the ..."

5. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"All existing charters or grants of special or exclusive privileges under which a bona fide organization shall not have taken place and business commenced in ..."

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