fixed belief

See: credence
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It was a fixed belief with Madame Lebrun that the conduct of the universe and all things pertaining thereto would have been manifestly of a more intelligent and higher order had not Monsieur Lebrun been removed to other spheres during the early years of their married life.
He had no fixed belief, but he went to the service of his church whenever it was held among us, and he revered the Book of Common Prayer while he disputed the authority of the Bible with all comers.
Freed from his jealousy of Blair and his fixed belief that he was somehow cheated of his birthright by his old friend - he wasn't - Brown may improve as a team leader.
On the other hand, the reduction [in unemployment], however artificially it may have been achieved, has had a tremendous propaganda value for the Government, and there is the fixed belief of most Germans today that Hitler has achieved wonders in providing employment.
I found him to be suffering from delusions: a fixed belief held with insufficient evidence not amenable to rational argument," he told the jury yesterday.
Primary DP is a delusional disorder of the somatic type in which the person has a fixed belief in some physical defect or medical condition.
145) Indeed, it may be more accurate to say that, for Peirce, fixed belief (by whatever method) is a state in which (contra Misak) the believer feels no obligation whatsoever to justify his belief.
Often, their strong racist feelings were tied to fixed belief systems impervious to reality checks, reflecting symptoms of mental dysfunction.
She is concerned that Peirce allows a permanently fixed belief, no matter how it is fixed, to be true.
He knows he has stamina but doesn't have fixed beliefs about how to ride him.
In eating disorders, at this juncture the patient becomes afraid of further growth and development and holds to fixed beliefs about life and what his or her image ought to be.
85) Thus, Durkheim attributed what he called the relative immunity of women to suicide to the fact that women were "fundamentally traditionalist by nature, they govern their conduct," Durkheim asserted, "by fixed beliefs and have no great intellectual needs.