The first known use of the Latin term bona fide was in 1632 (source Merriam Webster online dictionary). Below are some definitions followed by the use of bona fide in sentences.
The definition of bona fide is ‘good faith’. Daily Writing Tips explain that in contract law, “parties must always act in good faith if they are to respect the obligations”.
Merriam Webster online dictionary gives three definitions:
- made in good faith without fraud or deceit
- made with earnest intent (sincere)
- neither specious nor counterfeit (genuine)
Sentences using bona fide
- The investor made a bona fide offer when purchasing the shop
- After investigation, the bank discovered that it wasn’t a bona fide transaction
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