adjective, firm·er, firm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
adverb, firm·er, firm·est.
Origin of firm1
SYNONYMS FOR firm
Related formsfirm·ly, adverbfirm·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for firmness
But Obama sought to project a sense of firmness and resolve, again vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“The government shows its firmness against radical Islam,” headlined the left-leaning daily Le Monde last night.
It broke out in part because of a lack of vigilance and firmness in Washington.
But in Washington, the speaker and the House majority were singular in their firmness.
The need to manage these tradeoffs suggests, therefore, a U.S. policy of firmness and patience.
De Graff now became remarkable for his firmness and justice.The Monarchs of the Main, Volume III (of 3)|Walter Thornbury
Latimer's sermons, Barnes's ardour, and Fryth's firmness, excited fresh zeal at Cambridge.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V|J. H. Merle d'Aubigné
Now he congratulated himself on his goodness in making a certain vow and his firmness in keeping it.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
Nothing p. 43could have been better than the firmness, judgment, and temper and talent he has shown.The Real Gladstone|J. Ewing Ritchie
I had considerably shaken the authority of this man (though I had no authority myself,) merely by my firmness and resolution.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume I (of 2)|John Hill Burton
British Dictionary definitions for firmness (1 of 2)
Derived Formsfirmly, adverbfirmness, noun
Word Origin for firm
British Dictionary definitions for firmness (2 of 2)
- a gang of criminals
- a gang of football hooligans