1. undertaken in good faith;
- Example: "a bona fide offer"
2. not counterfeit or copied;
- Example: "an authentic signature"
- Example: "a bona fide manuscript"
- Example: "an unquestionable antique"
- Example: "photographs taken in a veritable bull ring"
[syn: authentic, bona fide, unquestionable, veritable]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bona fide \Bo"na fi"de\ [L.] In or with good faith; without fraud or deceit; real or really; actual or actually; genuine or genuinely; as, you must proceed bona fide; a bona fide purchaser or transaction. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
bona fide adj 1: undertaken in good faith; "a bona fide offer" 2: not counterfeit or copied; "an authentic signature"; "a bona fide manuscript"; "an unquestionable antique"; "photographs taken in a veritable bull ring" [syn: authentic, bona fide, unquestionable, veritable]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
98 Moby Thesaurus words for "bona fide": aboveboard, attested, authentic, candid, card-carrying, consistently, constantly, devotedly, dinkum, fair and square, faithfully, firmly, following the letter, foursquare, genuine, good, good-faith, honest, honest-to-God, in good faith, inartificial, indubitable, lawful, legitimate, lifelike, literal, loyally, natural, naturalistic, on the level, on the square, on the up-and-up, open, open and aboveboard, original, pure, real, realistic, responsibly, rightful, simon-pure, simple, sincere, single-hearted, square, square-dealing, square-shooting, staunchly, steadfastly, steadily, sterling, straight, straight-shooting, sure-enough, true, true to life, true to nature, true to reality, unadulterated, unaffected, unassumed, unassuming, uncolored, unconcocted, uncopied, uncounterfeited, undisguised, undisguising, undistorted, undoubted, unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful, unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious, unflattering, unimagined, unimitated, uninvented, unpretended, unpretending, unqualified, unquestionable, unromantic, unsimulated, unspecious, unsynthetic, unvarnished, up-and-up, valid, verbal, verbatim, veridical, verisimilar, veritable, with good faith, word-for-wordBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
BONA FIDE. In or with good faith. 2. The law requires all persons in their transactions to act with good faith and a contract where the parties have not acted bona fide is void at the pleasure of the innocent party. 8 John. R. 446; 12 John. R. 320; 2 John. Ch. R. 35. If a contract be made with good faith, subsequent fraudulent acts will not vitiate it; although such acts may raise a presumption of antecedent fraud, and thus become a means of proving the want of good faith in making the contract. 2 Miles' Rep. 229; and see also, Rob. Fraud. Conv. 33, 34; Inst. 2, 6 Dig. 41, 3, 10 and 44; Id. 41, 1, 48; Code, 7, 31; 9 Co. 11; Wingate's Maxims, max. 37; Lane, 47; Plowd. 473; 9 Pick. R. 265; 12 Pick. R. 545; 8 Conn. R. 336; 10 Conn. R. 30; 3 Watts, R. 25; 5 Wend. R. 20, 566. In the civil law these actions are called (actiones) bonae fidei, in which the judge has a. more unrestrained power (liberior potestas) of estimating how much one person ought to give to or do, for another; whereas, those actions are said to be stricti juris, in which the power of the judge is confined to the agreement of the parties. Examples of the foraier are the actions empti-venditi, locati-conducti, negitiorum gestorum, &c.; of the latter, the actions ex mutus, ex chirographo, ex stipilatu, ex indebito, actions proescriptis verbis, &c.