If no one questions the fact that the desk was made in the 14th century because experts determined it was, that is an example of its authenticity.
(usually uncountable, plural authenticities)
- The quality of being genuine or not corrupted from the original.
- I hereby certify the authenticity of this copy.
- Truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, and intentions.
- The authenticity of this painting is questionable.
authentic + -ity
authenticity - Computer Definition
A close relative of authentication, authenticity is the process of ensuring that a message received is the same message that was sent and has not been tampered with or altered. Lawyers, as a real-world case in point, are fanatical about ensuring that evidence is authentic and has not been tampered with or altered in any way to ensure a fair hearing for the accused. This is called chain of custody and is a critical concept in reference to cybercrime.
See Also: Authentication.
The correct attribution of origin such as the authorship of an e-mail message or the correct description of information such as a data field that is properly named. Authenticity is one of the six fundamental components of information security (see Parkerian Hexad).