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firm

adjective [-er/-est only] (CERTAIN)   /fɜrm/
certain or fixed in a belief , opinion , etc., and unlikely to change , or so certain as to be beyond doubt or question : a firm believer in the Constitution They made a firm commitment to complete the job this week . The decision is firm – there will be a strike . Firm can also mean showing control and making sure you will be obeyed : A new teacher has to be firm with her students .
(Definition of firm adjective (CERTAIN) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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