Definition of bona fide in US English:

bona fide


  • Genuine; real.

    ‘only bona fide members of the company are allowed to use the logo’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘The view the bank reached on the value of its security was bona fide.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Crown never put up any basis in this court case to say that it was not bona fide.’
    • ‘No-one has suggested that the plaintiff's claim is 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.’
    • ‘‘The horse is a bona fide star,’ says the commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.’
    • ‘When the payment is a bona fide redundancy, your employees will receive tax benefits.’
    • ‘These people are permitted into the country because the visa stamp in their passports is legal and bona fide.’
    authentic, genuine, real, true, actual, sterling, sound, legal, legitimate, lawful, valid, unadulterated, unalloyed, proper, straight, fair and square
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  • Sincerely; without intention to deceive.

    ‘the court will assume that they have acted 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.’
    • ‘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.’


Latin, literally ‘with good faith’, ablative singular of bona fides.