Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, p. 693
Good faith. Good faith is an intangible and abstract quality
with no technical meaning or statutory definition, and it encompasses,
among other things, an honest belief, the absence of malice and the
absence of design to defraud or to seek an unconscionable advantage,
and an individual's personal good faith is concept of his own mind and
inner spirit and, therefore, may not conclusively be determined by his
protestations alone. Doyle v. Gordon, 158 N.Y.S.2d 248, 259, 260.
Honesty of intention, and freedom from knowledge of circumstances which
ought to put the holder upon inquiry. An honest intention to abstain
from taking any unconscientious advantage of another, even through technicalities
of law, together with absence of all information, notice, or benefit
or belief of facts which render transaction unconscientious. In
common usage this term is ordinarily used to describe that state of
mind denoting honesty of purpose, freedom from intention to defraud,
and generally speaking, means being faithful to one's duty or obligation.
Efron v. Kalmanovitz, 249 Cal.App. 187, 57 Cal.Rptr. 248, 251.
See Bona fide. Compare Bad faith.
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