Genuine things are true or authentic. When you're talking about people, being genuine has to do with being sincere.

This word has to do with things and people that are true. A genuine blonde is a real blonde — no hair dye involved. A genuine friend is a real friend you can trust when the chips are down. Genuine feelings are real feelings — not fake feelings put on as a show. A genuine hundred dollar bill is the real McCoy, not a counterfeit bill. When something is the real thing, it's genuine.

Definitions of genuine
  1. adjective
    not fake or counterfeit
    “a genuine Picasso”
    genuine leather”
    synonyms: echt
    authentic, bona fide, unquestionable, veritable
    not counterfeit or copied
    attested, authenticated, documented
    established as genuine
    good, honest
    not forged
    honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, old, sure-enough
    (used informally especially for emphasis)
    honest, honorable
    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
    existent, real
    being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
    open and genuine; not deceitful
    consistent with fact or reality; not false
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    counterfeit, imitative
    not genuine; imitating something superior
    assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham
    adopted in order to deceive
    bad, forged
    reproduced fraudulently
    debased; not genuine
    bastard, bogus, fake, phoney, phony
    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
    inauthentic, spurious, unauthentic
    intended to deceive
    constituting a copy or imitation of something
    ostensible, ostensive
    represented or appearing as such; pretended
    serving as an imitation or substitute
    (often used in combination) not genuine but having the appearance of
    not genuine or natural
    artificial, unreal
    contrived by art rather than nature
    lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
    lacking sincerity
    not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
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  2. adjective
    being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
    “a genuine dilemma”
    synonyms: actual, literal, real
    consistent with fact or reality; not false
  3. adjective
    not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed
    genuine emotion”
    synonyms: true, unfeigned
    open and genuine; not deceitful
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