|Origin:||genuinus 'born, genuine'|
gen‧u‧ine S3 W3
a genuine feeling, desire etc is one that you really feel, not one you pretend to feel [= sincere]
genuine interest/concern/desire etc
The reforms are motivated by a genuine concern for the disabled.
a genuine fear of invasion
'Did he really?' Her surprise seemed genuine.
something genuine really is what it seems to be [= real]:
We need laws that will protect genuine refugees.
The strap is genuine leather.
someone who is genuine is honest and friendly and you feel you can trust them [≠ false]:
She is the most genuine person I've ever met.
a person or thing that is a true example of their type:
If you want to meet a real Southerner, Jake is the genuine article.
something that is real and is not a copy intended to deceive people:
Some fake designer clothes are so good that people have no idea they're not buying the genuine article.
The boy seemed genuinely interested.
—genuineness noun [uncountable]