bona fide
bo·na fide /'bō-nə-ˌfīd, 'bä-nə-; ˌbō-nə-'fī-dē, -'fī-də/ adj [Latin, in good faith]
1 a: characterized by good faith and lack of fraud or deceit
a bona fide offer
b: valid under or in compliance with the law
retirement incentives made part of a bona fide employee benefit plan
2: made with or characterized by sincerity
a bona fide belief
3: being real or genuine
bona fide residents

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

bona fide
I adjective aboveboard, accurate, actual, as represented, candid, faithful, forthright, genuine, honest, honorable, in good faith, ingenuous, intended, just, legitimate, meant, open, plain-speaking, principled, real, reliable, rightful, scrupulous, straightforward, trustworthy, unaffected, uncounterfeited, undisguised, undissembling, undistorted, unexaggerated, unfaked, unfeigned, unperfidious, unperjured, unpretended, unpretentious, unreserved, unsimulated, unspecious, unspurious, veracious, veridical associated concepts: bona fide assignment, bona fide belief, bona fide business purpose, bona fide claimant, bona fide controversy, bona fide creditors, bona fide domicile, bona fide holder, bona fide holder for value, bona fide holder in due course, bona fide labor dispute, bona fide members, bona fide operation, bona fide purchaser in good faith, bona fide sale, bona fide seller II index accurate III index actual, adherence (devotion), adhesion (loyalty) IV index authentic, convincing V index corporeal, de facto VI index genuine, good faith, in good faith, sterling, valid, veridical

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


bona fide
adj.
In good faith; genuine; not intending to deceive.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


bona fide
Latin for "good faith," it signifies the "real thing" and the lack of deceit. In the case of a party claiming title as bona fide purchaser or holder, it indicates lack of knowledge of any defect in title.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Selling a House

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

bona fide
In good faith, honestly, without fraud or deceit.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


bona fide
adj. Latin In good faith. Acting, being, carried out, or made in good faith; authentic; genuine; sincere.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


bona fide
(Latin: In good faith.)
Honest; genuine; actual; authentic; acting without the intention of defrauding.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


bona fide
I
[Latin, In good faith.] Honest; genuine; actual; authentic; acting without the intention of defrauding.
II In good faith.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

bona fide
adj.
   Latin for "good faith," it signifies honesty, the "real thing" and, in the case of a party claiming title as bona fide purchaser or holder, it indicates innocence or lack of knowledge of any fact that would cast doubt on the right to hold title.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • 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] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bona fide — [bō′nə fīd΄, bän′əfīd΄; bō΄nə fī′dē] adj., adv. [L] 1. in good faith; made or done without fraud or deceit [a bona fide offer to negotiate] 2. genuine; real [a bona fide Chippendale chair] SYN. AUTHENTIC …   English World dictionary

  • bona fide — (izg. bȍna fȉde) pril. DEFINICIJA pravn. u dobroj vjeri, pošteno, bez zlih misli; dobronamjerno, opr. mala fide ETIMOLOGIJA lat …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • BONA FIDE —         (лат.) заслуживающий доверия. Философский энциклопедический словарь. М.: Советская энциклопедия. Гл. редакция: Л. Ф. Ильичёв, П. Н. Федосеев, С. М. Ковалёв, В. Г. Панов. 1983. BONA FIDE …   Философская энциклопедия

  • bona fide — 1540s, Latin, lit. in good faith, ablative of bona fides good faith (see FAITH (Cf. faith)). Originally used as an adverb, later (18c.) also as an adjective. The opposite is mala fide …   Etymology dictionary

  • bona fide — лат. (бона фиде) букв. «по доброй вере»; чистосердечно, вполне искренне; честно, добросовестно. Толковый словарь иностранных слов Л. П. Крысина. М: Русский язык, 1998 …   Словарь иностранных слов русского языка

  • Bona fide — (lat.), in gutem Glauben, ehrlich und redlich …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • bona fide — In good faith; genuine; without fraud or deceit. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • bona fide — *authentic, genuine, veritable Analogous words: true, *real, actual: *reliable, dependable, trustworthy: *pure, absolute, simple, sheer Antonyms: counterfeit, bogus Contrasted words: simulated, feigned, pretended, affected, shammed, assumed (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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