Definition of bona fide adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


bona fide

BrE BrE//ˌbəʊnə ˈfaɪdi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌboʊnə ˈfaɪdi//
[usually before noun] (from Latin)
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genuine, real or legal; not false a bona fide reason Is it a bona fide, reputable organization? You’re a bona fide member of the team now. Students should have a bona fide reason for missing class, such as illness. Word OriginLatin, literally ‘with good faith’, ablative singular of bona fides.
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