Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Real or original, as opposed to counterfeit or adulterated.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    As applied to notes, bonds, and other written instruments, this term means that they are truly what they purport to be, and that they are not false, forged, fictitious, simulated, spurious or counterfeit. Baldwin v. Van Deusen, 37 N. Y. 492; Smelt-zer v. White, 92 U. S. 392, 23 In Ed. 508; Dow v. Spenny, 29 Mo. 390; Cox v. Northwestern Stage Co., 1 Idaho, 379.