- Bona fide is defined as real or done honestly.
An example of bona fide used as an adjective is in the phrase "a bona fide artifact from the Civil War," which means a real artifact from the Civil War.
bona fide definition by Webster's New World
- in good faith; made or done without fraud or deceit: a bona fide offer to negotiate
- genuine; real: a bona fide Chippendale chair
Origin: Classical Latin
bona fide definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Made or carried out in good faith; sincere: a bona fide offer.
- Authentic; genuine: a bona fide Rembrandt. See Synonyms at authentic.
Origin: Latin bonā fidē : bonā, feminine ablative of bonus, good + fidē, ablative of fidēs, faith.
bona fide - Business Definition
- Done in good faith. For example, a driver may have made a bona fide attempt to deliver supplies at the prescribed time.
bona fide - Cultural Definition
Genuine: “The offer was a bona fide business opportunity: they really meant to carry it through.” From Latin, meaning “in good faith.”
bona fide - Legal Definition