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gen·u·ine  audio  (jny-n) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Actually possessing the alleged or apparent attribute or character: genuine leather.
  2. Not spurious or counterfeit; authentic. See Synonyms at authentic.
    1. Honestly felt or experienced: genuine devotion.
    2. Actual; real: a genuine dilemma.
  3. Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere.
  4. Being of pure or original stock: a genuine Hawaiian.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin genunus, natural, possibly from alteration of ingenuus, native, freeborn ; see ingenuous

OTHER FORMS:
genu·ine·ly(Adverb), genu·ine·ness(Noun)


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