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.
- in good faith; made or done without fraud or deceit: a bona fide offer to negotiate
- genuine; real: a bona fide Chippendale chair
Origin of bona fideClassical Latin
- Made or carried out in good faith; sincere: a bona fide offer.
- Authentic; genuine: a bona fide Rembrandt. See Synonyms at authentic.
Origin of bona fideLatin bonā fidē : bonā, feminine ablative of bonus, good + fidē, ablative of fidēs, faith.
Sometimes misspelled as *bonafied, by incorrectly analyzing as the past tense of assumed *bonafy.
- (done in good faith): mala fide
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