Skip to main content

Are you a legal professional? Visit our professional site

Search for legal issues
For help near (city, ZIP code or county)
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

FindLaw Legal Dictionary

The FindLaw Legal Dictionary -- free access to over 8260 definitions of legal terms. Search for a definition or browse our legal glossaries.

Bona Fide

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.

Find a Lawyer

More Options