1. Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief: an authentic account by an eyewitness.
2. Being so in fact; not fraudulent or counterfeit: an authentic medieval sword.
3. Law Executed in a manner so as to produce legal effectiveness: an authentic deed.
a. Of, relating to, or being a medieval mode having a range from its final tone to the octave above it.
b. Of, relating to, or being a cadence with the dominant chord immediately preceding the tonic chord.
5. Obsolete Authoritative.
[Middle English autentik, from Old French autentique, from Late Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos, from authentēs, author, master : autos, self + -hentēs, accomplisher, achiever; akin to Attic Greek hanutein, to accomplish, variant of Greek anuein.]
Synonyms: authentic, bona fide, genuine, real1, true, unquestionable
These adjectives mean not counterfeit or copied: an authentic painting by Monet; a bona fide transfer of property; genuine crabmeat; a real diamond; true courage; an unquestionable antique.
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