- The definition of bona fides is acts of proof, honesty or sincerity.
Examples of bona fides are true facts.
bona fides definition by Webster's New World
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- good faith; honesty, sincerity, reliability, etc.
- proof or proofs of honesty, genuineness, etc.
Origin: ; from bona fide
bona fides definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- (used with a sing. verb) Good faith; sincerity.
- (used with a pl. verb) Information that serves to guarantee a person's good faith, standing, and reputation; authentic credentials: “Sakharov's bona fides within the Soviet system . . . have given added weight to his message” (Christian Science Monitor).
Origin: Latin bona fidēs, good faith : bona, feminine of bonus, good + fidēs, faith.
bona fides - Legal Definition
- Same as good faith.
- Credential, documents, or other evidence of authenticity, good faith, legitimacy, or trustworthiness.