One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbLaw
In bad faith; with intent to deceive.as adjective ‘a mala fide abuse of position’
- ‘The petition lacked in material particulars to indicate such mala fide conduct on the part of the respondent.’
- ‘We need to sift the grain from the chaff and check out whether the allegations of abuse are genuine, exaggerated or altogether 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.’
- ‘These accusations are as ridiculous as they are mala fide.’
- ‘Often, they are bona fide, but they can be mala fide too, more often than what you would want to admit.’
Latin, ablative of mala fides.
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