Definition of mala fide in English:

mala fide

Pronunciation /ˌmeɪlə ˈfʌɪdiː//ˌmalə ˈfiːdeɪ/

adjective & adverb

Law
  • In bad faith; with intent to deceive.

    as adjective ‘a mala fide abuse of position’
    • ‘Often, they are bona fide, but they can be mala fide too, more often than what you would want to admit.’
    • ‘The petition lacked in material particulars to indicate such mala fide conduct on the part of the respondent.’
    • ‘These accusations are as ridiculous as they are mala fide.’
    • ‘I have piled up the few chapters I can remember all around me and I am taking them apart a letter at a time, stripping them of intentions both mala fide and bona fide.’
    • ‘We need to sift the grain from the chaff and check out whether the allegations of abuse are genuine, exaggerated or altogether mala fide.’

Origin

Latin, ablative of mala fides.

Pronunciation

mala fide

/ˌmeɪlə ˈfʌɪdiː//ˌmalə ˈfiːdeɪ/