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Firmness of purpose   /fˈərmnəs əv pˈərpəs/   Listen
Firmness of purpose

The trait of being resolute.  Synonyms: firmness, resoluteness, resolution, resolve.  "It was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"

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"Firmness of purpose" Quotes from Famous Books

... this would have changed the course of Sylvia's development, but of such colloquies she could know nothing, attributing to the fraternities, with all an outsider's resentful overestimation of their importance, an arrogant solidarity of opinion and firmness of purpose which they were very far ...
— The Bent Twig • Dorothy Canfield

... were neither to be cajoled nor brow-beaten out of their rights, and they proceeded to other business of a singularly unpleasant character to the higher powers. Mr. Stuart, the leader of the opposition, was a man of extraordinary capacity and of great firmness of purpose. Those who had made Sir James Craig do him an injustice still held their appointments, and he was determined to bring about a change without the slightest regard whatever to the consequences of change. He moved for an enquiry into the power and authority exercised by His Majesty's Courts ...
— The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation - Volume 1 • Charles Roger

... imperious one may have produced. There is an inner softness, a thinness of the mind's skin, an incapability of seeing or even thinking of the troubles of others with equanimity, which produces a feeling akin to fear; but which is compatible not only with courage, but with absolute firmness of purpose, when the demand for firmness arises so strongly as to assert itself. With this man it was not really that. He feared the woman;—or at least such fears did not prevail upon him to be silent; but he shrank from subjecting ...
— The Way We Live Now • Anthony Trollope

... assure you; but why shouldn't I?"—and I grasped the key with a small attempt at firmness of purpose. ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862 • Various

Words linked to "Firmness of purpose" :   adamance, decisiveness, resolve, willpower, decision, self-command, obduracy, will power, self-control, obstinacy, obstinance, stubbornness, purpose, self-possession, determination, bullheadedness, irresoluteness, pigheadedness, steadfastness, unyieldingness, possession, steadiness, single-mindedness, sturdiness, stiffness, self-will, trait

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