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Definition of "genuine" []

  • Actually possessing the alleged or apparent attribute or character: genuine leather. (adjective)
  • Not spurious or counterfeit; authentic. See Synonyms at authentic. (adjective)
  • Honestly felt or experienced: genuine devotion. (adjective)
  • Actual; real: a genuine dilemma. (adjective)
  • Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "genuine" in a sentence
  • "This is why we prefer the term genuine to authentic--it allows for many interpretations while still remaining true to tradition."
  • "A few posts ago I asked what I called a genuine question about Islam's view on heroin, given the fact that the poppy is a staple crop in Afghanistan."
  • "Weber himself not only a great writer, but he's just a great guy, in fact his whole family are what I call genuine people."