1. Actually possessing the alleged or apparent attribute or character: genuine leather.
2. Not spurious or counterfeit; authentic: Tests proved that the letter was genuine, and not a forgery. See Synonyms at authentic.
a. Honestly felt or experienced: genuine devotion.
b. Actual; real: a genuine dilemma.
4. Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere: Is he being genuine in making these compliments?
5. Being of pure or original stock: a genuine Hawaiian.
[Latin genuīnus, natural, possibly from alteration of ingenuus, native, freeborn; see INGENUOUS.]
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