good + faith, formed by comparison with Anglo-Norman bone fei, Middle French bonne foy and Old French bonne foy, en bone fei (“loyally, with honesty, with sincere intention”) (modern French bonne foi (“good faith”), de bonne foi (“in good faith, in earnest”)), from Latin bona fidēs (“good faith”).
- Good, honest intentions, even if producing unfortunate results. [from between 1890 and 1895.]
He made a mistake, but acted in good faith.
Although this behavior may look suspicious, we should assume good faith.
- Having or done with good, honest intentions; well-intentioned.
A good faith buyer.
A good faith attempt.
- Presuming that all parties to a discussion are honest and intend to act in a fair and appropriate manner.
Good faith bargaining.