AskDefine | Define firmness

Dictionary Definition



1 the firmness and tone of healthy tissue; "his muscle firmness" [syn: soundness]
2 the trait of being resolute; firmness of purpose; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work" [syn: resoluteness, resolve, resolution] [ant: irresoluteness]
3 the property of being unyielding to the touch
4 the quality of being steady or securely and immovably fixed in place [syn: steadiness] [ant: unsteadiness]

User Contributed Dictionary



From firm + -ness


  1. The state of being firm; strength; permanence; stability; hardness; resolution.


Extensive Definition

Firmness is a faculty from the discipline of Phrenology.


Firmness is the faculty which stands for determination, and persistence, for the connection between principles and acts, for perseverance, determination, resolution, and stamina. A strong Firmness may cause stubbornness and inflexibility. A negative Firmness stands for an insipid character, passivity and lack of decision-making capability.


Firmness is located on top of the skull, just behind the perpendicular line drawn from the aural conduct upwards. This line separates Firmness and Veneration.
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