Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The sincere intention to be honest and law-abiding, as when negotiating a contract.

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  • noun Good, honest intentions, even if producing unfortunate results.
  • adjective Having or done with good, honest intentions; well-intentioned.
  • adjective Presuming that all parties to a discussion are honest and intend to act in a fair and appropriate manner.

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  • noun having honest intentions

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Translation of Latin bona fīdēs : bona, feminine singular of bonus, good + fīdēs, faith, honesty.]

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Translated from Latin bonā fide (“in good faith”), the ablative of bona fides (“good faith”), between 1890 and 1895.

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