from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Actually possessing the alleged or apparent attribute or character: genuine leather.
- adj. Not spurious or counterfeit; authentic. See Synonyms at authentic.
- adj. Honestly felt or experienced: genuine devotion.
- adj. Actual; real: a genuine dilemma.
- adj. Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere.
- adj. Being of pure or original stock: a genuine Hawaiian.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Belonging to, or proceeding from the original stock; native; hence, not counterfeit, spurious, false, or adulterated; authentic; real; natural; true; pure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to, or proceeding from, the original stock; native
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to the original stock; corresponding to an original type or source; hence, not spurious, false, or adulterated; not of a deceptive or affected character; true; real; sincere: applied to both persons and things: as, genuine descendants; genuine materials; a genuine text; a genuine man.
- In zoology, typical; conformable to type; not aberrant: as, the genuine isopods. See Euisopoda.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed
- adj. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
- adj. not fake or counterfeit
Latin genuīnus, natural, possibly from alteration of ingenuus, native, freeborn; see ingenuous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin genuinus ("innate, native, natural"), from gignere, from Old Latin genere ("to beget, produce"); see genus; or genu ("knee"). (Wiktionary)