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Trying to think of a word that means "who they say they are." For instance,

The general is actually who he says he is.

The closest alternative I can come up with is legitimate. Any other thoughts?

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Would something the "the very one" fit your situation? See also synonyms in https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/very?s=t

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  • Yes, this does fit well in my sentence. Thank you!
    – leetbacoon
    Oct 1, 2019 at 9:25
  • How would one use that in the OP's example?
    – Kris
    Oct 1, 2019 at 11:31
  • The general is the very one? Oct 1, 2019 at 13:03
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Perhaps, The general is the man he claims to be.

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