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Bona fide

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Meaning of Bona fide
The English meaning and translation of this Latin phrase is as follows:

 "In good faith"

Definition of Bona fide
The meaning and definition of this famous Latin expression relates to something that is undertaken in good faith, something that is authentic - not copied or counterfeit. Absent of any deceit or fraud. An example would be "A bona fide offer" meaning a legal, genuine, honest, authentic & sincere offer. The phrase 'Mala fide' means the opposite.

Bona fide


Legal term - Bona fide Occupational Qualification
The famous Latin phrase "Bona fide" is also used as a Latin legal term in reference to bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). This legal term refers to an initial, minimum qualification that is required to perform a particular job. The demand of such a qualification might otherwise be viewed as illegal because of its discriminatory impact based on  sex or religion etc. An example might be a priest appointed by the Roman Catholic church.

Legal term - Bona fide purchaser
The phrase "Bona fide" is also used as a Latin legal term in reference to 'bona fide
purchaser' (B.F.P.) used in the law of personal property and real property. This refers to a purchaser who buys property or goods in good faith without notice or knowledge of any defects in the title of the seller.

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Bona fide
This popular Latin phrase or expression is
so familiar that it has become a common expression of our own language. It has survived the passing of time, the phrase is one of our 'Latin legacies'. Additional examples of the meaning and use of the term are as follows:

"My Roman coin is a Bona fide antique."

"The document is authorised by
a  Bona fide signature."

"The meal was cooked by a
an Bona fide French chef."


Bona fide

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Means "In good faith", authentic, genuine
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