steadfast O.E. stedefæst "secure in position," from stede (see STEAD (Cf. stead)) + fæst (see FAST (Cf. fast) (adj.)); Cf. M.L.G. stedevast, O.N. staðfastr. Related: Steadfastly, steadfastness.

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