good faith

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Etymology[edit]

Translated from Latin bonā fide (“in good faith”), the ablative of bona fides (“good faith”)[1], between 1890 and 1895.[2]

Noun[edit]

good faith (uncountable)

  1. Good, honest intentions, even if producing unfortunate results.
    He made a mistake, but acted in good faith.
    Although this behavior may look suspicious, we should assume good faith.

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good faith (comparative more good faith, superlative most good faith)

  1. Having or done with good, honest intentions; well-intentioned.
    A good faith buyer.
    A good faith attempt.
  2. Presuming that all parties to a discussion are honest and intend to act in a fair and appropriate manner.
    Good faith bargaining.

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  1. ^ Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law
  2. ^ good faith” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.