Meaning of authentic

au•then•tic

Pronunciation: (ô-then'tik), [key]
— adj.
  1. not false or copied; genuine; real: an authentic antique.
  2. having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified: an authentic document of the Middle Ages; an authentic work of the old master.
  3. entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known facts or experience; reliable; trustworthy: an authentic report on poverty in Africa.
  4. executed with all due formalities: an authentic deed.
    1. (of a church mode) having a range extending from the final to the octave above. Cf. plagal.
    2. (of a cadence) consisting of a dominant harmony followed by a tonic.
  5. authoritative.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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