Bona Fide

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Meaning of Bona Fide

In good faith , honestly, without fraud , collusion or participation in wrongdoing. Real, actual , genuine and not feigned. The phrase is often used in the context of denoting a person who acquires property honestly, giving good consideration for the same and without any notice of the claim of a third party to the property. A bona fide holder for value is one who takes a negotiable instrument in good faith for valuable consideration without any notice of the defect in the title of the person from whom he acquired it.

Synonyms of Bona Fide


  • aboveboard
  • accurate
  • actual
  • as represented
  • candid
  • faithful
  • forthright
  • genuine
  • honest
  • honorable
  • in good faith
  • ingenuous
  • intended
  • just
  • legitimate
  • meant
  • open
  • plainspeaking
  • principled
  • real
  • reliable
  • rightful
  • scrupulous
  • straightforward
  • trustworthy
  • unaffected
  • uncounterfeited
  • undisguised
  • undissem bling
  • 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 dis ute
  • bona fide members
  • bona fide operation
  • bona de purchaser in good faith
  • bona fide sale
  • bona fide seller

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Bona fide in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

In, with, or by good faith.

Note: This legal definition of Bona fide in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

What does Bona Fide mean in American Law?

The definition of Bona Fide in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

Being or acting in good faith. The term is used even today in both this Latin form and in translation, so for particular terms one should consult entries beginning both with “bona fide” and with “good faith.” “Bona fide” is also regularly used almost as a synonym for genuine or unfeigned as in “That”s a bona fide good deal I”m offering you” and “This is bona fide mink.” See bona fides for the Roman Law significance.

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    In good faith, honestly, without fraud, collusion or participation in wrongdoing. Real, actual, genuine and not feigned. [...]

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