(italics) Latin. (used with a singular verb) good faith; absence of fraud or deceit; the state of being exactly as claims or appearances indicate:
The bona fides of this contract is open to question.
Compare mala fides.
(sometimes italics) (used with a plural verb) the official papers, documents, or other items that prove authenticity, legitimacy, etc., as of a person or enterprise; credentials:
All our bona fides are on file with the SEC.
Historical Examples

The Grell Mystery Frank Froest

(law) good faith; honest intention


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