fixed belief

See: credence
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He was inclined to attribute her changed demeanour to the fact that her influence over Edgar Caswall was so far increased, as to justify a more fixed belief in his submission to her charms.
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.
He came and sat down on things, just when they were wanted to be packed; and he laboured under the fixed belief that, whenever Harris or George reached out their hand for anything, it was his cold, damp nose that they wanted.
"He has a very complex delusional fixed belief system, he hears voices in his head."
Often, their strong racist feelings were tied to fixed belief systems impervious to reality checks, reflecting symptoms of mental dysfunction.
(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.
"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.
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.
She is concerned that Peirce allows a permanently fixed belief, no matter how it is fixed, to be true.
"The human figures, whose originals had long since departed by the time I saw their likenesses, stare at the then-visible camera with fixed belief, far away in the knowledge that the picture of them, even as it is being taken, belongs to another life, and that they will never see that glass eye again" (2).