The need to manage these tradeoffs suggests, therefore, a U.S. policy of firmness and patience.
“The government shows its firmness against radical Islam,” headlined the left-leaning daily Le Monde last night.
But in Washington, the speaker and the House majority were singular in their firmness.
But Obama sought to project a sense of firmness and resolve, again vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.
It broke out in part because of a lack of vigilance and firmness in Washington.
Confide not in the firmness of your principles, or the stedfastness of your integrity.
He had very little idea as yet of the firmness of Gama's character.
The request was fortunately made to, perhaps, the only man in the company who had the firmness not to be affected by the preacher.
Are you strong, and do you pride yourself upon your firmness?
There is yet another stone wall which I will mention, namely, firmness of character.
late 14c., from Old French ferm (12c.) "firm, strong, vigorous, steadfast; loyal, faithful," from Latin firmus "firm, strong, steadfast, enduring, stable," from PIE root *dher- "to hold, support" (cf. Sanskrit dharmah "custom, law," Greek thronos "seat," Lithuanian dirzmas "strong," Welsh dir "hard," Breton dir "steel"). The return in late 1500s to -i- from Middle English ferme was modeled on Latin. Related: Firmly; firmness.
"business house," 1744, from German Firma "a business, name of a business," originally "signature," from Italian firma "signature," from firmare "to sign," from Latin firmare "make firm, affirm," in Late Latin, "confirm (by signature)," from firmus "firm, stable" (see firm (adj.)).
c.1300, fermen "make firm, establish," from Old French fermer (12c.) or directly from Latin firmare, from firmus (see firm (adj.)). Related: Firmed; firming.