Definition of bona fide in English:

bona fide


  • Genuine; real.

    ‘only bona fide members of the company are allowed to use the logo’
    • ‘Proving that your marriage is bona fide can be difficult, especially when you do not have a lot of financial documents to support your relationship.’
    • ‘Your Honours will see at paragraph 157 where he set out the basis of the contention that it was not bona fide.’
    • ‘These people are permitted into the country because the visa stamp in their passports is legal and bona fide.’
    • ‘When the payment is a bona fide redundancy, your employees will receive tax benefits.’
    • ‘The view the bank reached on the value of its security was bona fide.’
    • ‘‘The horse is a bona fide star,’ says the commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.’
    • ‘The Crown never put up any basis in this court case to say that it was not bona fide.’
    • ‘To support Britain's decision, he gave out asylum statistics which clearly indicate that hundreds applying for asylum status were not bona fide.’
    • ‘All the bartenders are bona-fide showmen who toss the bottles around and pour the drinks from the air… a really unusual show in and of itself!’
    • ‘No-one has suggested that the plaintiff's claim is not bona fide.’
    authentic, genuine, real, true, actual, sterling, sound, legal, legitimate, lawful, valid, unadulterated, unalloyed, proper, straight, fair and square
    honest-to-goodness, legit, pukka, on the level, the real mccoy
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  • Sincerely; without intention to deceive.

    ‘the court will assume that they have acted bona fide’
    • ‘It would seem to me, however, that this does not derogate from the requirement that the decision of the Directors must be made bona fide.’
    • ‘The power also with which the judges are entrusted, is but of a moderate extent, and to be executed bona fide.’
    • ‘Clearly they must perform that function honestly and bona fide.’
    • ‘There is no objection to a party purchasing a judgment for the purpose of using it as a set-off if this be done bona fide.’
    • ‘It is for the Gift-tax Officer to be satisfied that the gift was made bona fide or for extraneous or collateral consideration.’


Mid 16th century: Latin, literally with good faith ablative singular of bona fides.


bona fide

/ˌbōnə ˈfīdē/