What does real mean



The adjective authentic means "real" or "believable". It is often used to describe something that is assured of authenticity and therefore reliable. Authentic can be objects as well as people.

The term is the adjective for authenticity and comes from the late Latin authenticus "Guaranteed", "reliable" or the Greek authentikós "real".


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Phonetic transcription (IPA):[aʊ̯ˈtɛntɪʃ]

Usage examples

Valuable and important documents and works of art are often checked to see whether they authentic are.

I'm a fan of this musician because he's always in his interviews authentic works.

This historical film is authentic, it reflects the events of that time very well.

Grammar and inflection


authenticmore authenticmost authentic

Strong declination

Masculinemore authenticauthenticauthenticauthentic
Feminineauthenticmore authenticmore authenticauthentic
Pluralauthenticmore authenticauthenticauthentic

Weak declination

Masculinethe authentic oneof the authenticthe authenticthe authentic
Femininethe authenticthe authenticthe authenticthe authentic
neuterthe authenticof the authenticthe authenticthe authentic
Pluralthe authenticthe authenticthe authenticthe authentic

Mixed declension

Masculinenot an authentic onenot an authentic onenot an authentic onenot an authentic one
Femininenot an authentic onenone authenticnone authenticnot an authentic one
neuternot an authentic onenot an authentic onenot an authentic onenot an authentic one
Pluralnot authenticnone authenticnot an authentic onenot authentic

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