what is difference between "firm decision" and "official decision"? in the other word, to understand the difference between FIRM and OFFICIAL.

Recently i learned the difference of following two vocabularies at Oxford Dictionary, so need to figure out what is the difference between them. Determine: to officially decide or arrange something. Resolve: to make a firm decision.

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A firm decision is one that probably won't be changed. "Firm" gives a meaning of finality, certainty and conviction. The person who made the decision intends to stick with (or "stand by") that decision.

An official decision is one made by a person or group who carries authority over the matter, and it means the decision has been made and announced using correct established procedures.

A firm decision is not necessarily official, and an official decision is not necessarily firm.

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