bona fide 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]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.