n) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Actually possessing the alleged or apparent attribute or character: genuine leather.
- Not spurious or counterfeit; authentic. See Synonyms at authentic.
- Honestly felt or experienced: genuine devotion.
- Actual; real: a genuine dilemma.
- Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere.
- Being of pure or original stock: a genuine Hawaiian.
, possibly from alteration of ingenuus
, native, freeborn
; see ingenuousOTHER FORMS:genu·ine·ly(Adverb)