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Dictionary Definition

genuine adj
1 not fake or counterfeit; "a genuine Picasso"; "genuine leather" [syn: echt] [ant: counterfeit]
2 not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed; "genuine emotion"; "her interest in people was unfeigned"; "true grief" [syn: true(a), unfeigned]
3 being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma" [syn: actual, literal, real]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ʤɛnjuːɪn̩/, /ʤɛnjuːaɪn̩/


From genuinus or genu "knee".


  1. Belonging to, or proceeding from, the original stock; native; hence, not counterfeit, spurious, false, or adulterated; authentic; real; natural; true; pure; as,
    a genuine text; a genuine production; genuine materials




  1. Feminine plural form of genuino

Extensive Definition

Genuine may refer to:
In music:
genuine in French: Genuine

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aboveboard, absolute, actual, arcadian, artless, authentic, bluff, blunt, bona fide, broad, brusque, bucolic, candid, card-carrying, de facto, dinkum, direct, downright, earnest, explicit, factual, fair and square, following the letter, for real, forthright, foursquare, frank, frankhearted, free, free-speaking, free-spoken, free-tongued, good, good-faith, heart-to-heart, historical, homespun, honest, honest-to-God, inartificial, ingenuous, lawful, legitimate, lifelike, literal, native, natural, naturalistic, naturelike, on the level, on the square, on the up-and-up, open, open and aboveboard, openhearted, original, outspoken, pastoral, plain, plain-spoken, positive, proper, pukka, pure, real, realistic, rightful, round, rural, simon-pure, simple, sincere, single-hearted, square, square-dealing, square-shooting, sterling, straight, straight-out, straight-shooting, straightforward, substantial, sure-enough, transparent, true, true to life, true to nature, true to reality, unadorned, unadulterated, unaffected, unartificial, unassumed, unassuming, unchecked, uncolored, unconcocted, unconstrained, uncopied, uncounterfeited, undeniable, undesigning, undisguised, undisguising, undissembling, undissimulating, undistorted, unembellished, unequivocal, unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful, unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious, unflattering, unguarded, unimagined, unimitated, uninvented, unpretended, unpretending, unpretentious, unqualified, unreserved, unrestrained, unromantic, unsimulated, unspecious, unspoiled, unsynthetic, unvarnished, up-and-up, verbal, verbatim, veridical, verisimilar, veritable, word-for-word
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