[ adverb ] with resolute determination
"we firmly believed it" "you must stand firm"
Used in print(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
In arguing in this way , we are obviously taking for granted that a demythologized restatement of the kerygma can be achieved ; and that we firmly believe this will presently become evident when we set_forth reasons to justify such a conviction .(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
This and other fears of the solar_system have disappeared gradually , first , with the Ptolemaic_system and its built-in concept of periodicity and_then , more firmly , with the Newtonian innovation of an universal force that could account quantitatively for both terrestrial and celestial motions .(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)
We should do what we can to discourage this conclusion , both by offering assistance for their domestic needs and by reacting firmly to irresponsible actions on the world scene .(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
There is a marked tendency for religions , once firmly established , to resist change , not_only in their own doctrines and policies and practices , but also in secular affairs having religious relevance .(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)
The Istiqlal was still firmly united in 1957 , but the P.D.I. ( Parti_Democratique_de_l'Independance ) , the most important minor party at the time , objected to the Istiqlal 's predominance in the civil_service and influence in Radio_Maroc .
[ adverb ] in a secure manner; in a manner free from danger
"she held the child securely"
Used in print(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
The Kirov_Ballet is firmly booked into the Shrine_Auditorium , Los_Angeles , Nov. 21 thru Dec. 4 .(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)
These are the centuries in which the inhabitants of the Aegean world settled firmly into their minds and into their institutions the foundations of the Hellenic outlook , independent of outside forces .
[ adverb ] with firmness
"held hard to the railing"
Used in print(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)
He took the reins just below the bit and held them firmly , and it was his turn to smile now .