From Italian firma ("signature"), from firmare, from Latin firmāre ("to make firm, to confirm (by signature)"), from firmus. The contemporary sense developed in the 18th century simultaneously with German Firma ("business, name of business"). There are conflicting statements in the literature as to which of the two languages influenced which. dharma, and dhamma.
From Middle English ferme, from Old French ferme, from Latin firmus ("strong, steady"). dharma.
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