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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɝmnəs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɜːmnəs/
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- Hyphenation: firm‧ness
- The state of being firm
- security; steadfastness; good grip
- strictness; mental strength
- 1842 December – 1844 July, Charles Dickens, chapter 23, in The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1844, OCLC 977517776:
- But many a man who would have stood within a home dismantled, strong in his passion and design of vengeance, has had the firmness of his nature conquered by the razing of an air–built castle.
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- France, for the first time since the death of Charlemagne, was governed by a prince of great firmness and ability.
- physical durability; rigidness (of material)
state of being firm