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Definition of genuine adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    genuine

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒenjuɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenjuɪn//
     
    Honest
     
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  1. 1  real; exactly what it appears to be; not artificial synonym authentic Is the painting a genuine Picasso? Fake designer watches are sold at a fraction of the price of the genuine article. Only genuine refugees can apply for asylum.
  2. 2  sincere and honest; that can be trusted He made a genuine attempt to improve conditions. genuine concern for others a very genuine person See related entries: Honest
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘natural or proper’): from Latin genuinus, from genu ‘knee’ (with reference to the Roman custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn child by placing it on his knee); later associated with genus ‘birth, race, stock’.Extra examples His offer sounded genuine enough. I’m convinced she is absolutely genuine. The document is not considered genuine. Fake designer watches are sold at a fraction of the price of the genuine article. He came across as a very genuine person. She always showed genuine concern for others.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: genuine