Bona fide

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Definition of Bona fide
The English Definition of this Latin legal phrase is as follows:

 "In good faith"

The basic meaning and definition of the Latin legal term "Bona fide" is something that is undertaken in good faith with a sincere honest intention, without fraud or deceit.

Examples of this might be a venture undertaken in good faith as in a 'bona fide offer' or in reference to something that is genuine and authentic article such as a 'bona fide Van Gogh'.

Bona fide


Interesting Info about Bona fide
Lawyers or solicitors might use Latin legal terms such as "Bona fide" in their consultations. The original correct phrase was 'bona fide' but this was given an English take on the word to become "Bona fide".

The opposite is "mala fide" meaning something that is undertaken in 'bad faith'.

The word is also used in relation to impostors and fraudsters such as Frank Abagnale, the con man whose life provided the inspiration for the movie 'Catch Me If You Can'. Abagnale convinced people that he was a "Bona fide" doctor, lawyer and an an airline pilot.

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Sentences & Quotes about "Bona fide"
Legal terms like "Bona fide" are used in courts by lawyers, attorneys and  judges and also feature in famous quotes demonstrating how to use "Bona fide" in a sentence.

"After all the work I've done, why should I suddenly be treated as a bona fide actress?"

Quote by Eva Gabor

"One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork."
Quote by Edward Abbey


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