firm
firm n [German Firma, from Italian, signature, ultimately from Latin firmare to make firm, confirm]
1: the name or title under which a company transacts business
2: a partnership of two or more persons that is not recognized as a legal person distinct from the members composing it
3: a business unit or enterprise

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

firm
I adjective anchored, balanced, confirmed, durable, established, fast, fastened, firmus, fixed, immobile, immotile, immovable, indissoluble, inflexible, irremovable, moored, motionless, rigid, rooted, secure, secured, securely fixed, set, settled, solid, solidus, sound, stabilis, stable, stanch, stationary, steadfast, steady, stout, strong, sturdy, substantial, taut, unalterable, unbending, unmovable, unmoving, unyielding associated concepts: firm offer II noun association, bureau, business, business establishment, business house, commercial enterprise, commercial house, company, concern, enterprise, establishment, holding company, house, industry, institution, joint concern, office, organization, partnership associated concepts: corporation, law firm, professional corporation III index business (commercial enterprise), certain (fixed), cohesive (compact), compact (dense), company (enterprise), concern (business establishment), concrete, constant, corporation, corporeal, definite, durable, earnest, enterprise (economic organization), faithful (loyal), fixed (securely placed), house, immutable, indomitable, inexorable, inflexible, infrangible, inseparable, institute, intractable, ironclad, irreconcilable, irrevocable, loyal, obdurate, ossified, partnership, patient, peremptory (imperative), pertinacious, purposeful, renitent, resolute, rigid, secure (sound), sedulous, serious (devoted), severe, solid (compact), solid (sound), spartan, stable, staunch, steadfast, strong, unalterable, unbending, uncompromising, undaunted, undeniable, unyielding, well-grounded

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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