presence of mind


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presence of mind

n.
The ability to think and act calmly and efficiently, especially in an emergency.

presence of mind

n
the ability to remain calm and act constructively during times of crisis

pres′ence of mind′


n.
the ability to think clearly and act appropriately, as during a crisis.
[1655–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.presence of mind - self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency
self-command, self-possession, will power, willpower, self-will, self-control, possession - the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
Translations
حُضور الذِّهْن، سُرْعَة الخاطِر
duchapřítomnost
åndsnærværelse
lélekjelenlét
yfirvegun
duchaprítomnosť
soğukkanlılık

presence of mind

presence of mind

npresenza di spirito

presence

(ˈprezns) noun
1. the state, or fact, of being present. The committee requests your presence at Thursday's meeting.
2. a striking, impressive manner or appearance. The headmistress certainly has presence.
in the presence of
while (someone) is present. This document must be signed in the presence of a witness; Don't talk about it in my mother's presence.
presence of mind
calmness and the ability to act sensibly (in an emergency etc). He showed great presence of mind in the face of danger.
References in classic literature ?
All the skill and exertions of Antonio to prevent their backing was useless, and carriage and horses would inevitably have gone off the bank together, had not Charles, with admirable presence of mind, opened a door, and springing out, placed a billet of wood, which had been used as a base for a lever in lifting the broken wagon, under one of the wheels.
He was clutching his hat with both hands, and probably did not perceive that she was extending her hand to him, her presence of mind had not completely deserted her; but she could not have trusted herself to speak.
King Ar- thur's people were not aware that they were indecent and I had presence of mind enough not to mention it.
Surprised, leader-less, attacked in front by invisible foes, and finding egress cut off by the Convicts behind them, they at once -- after their manner -- lost all presence of mind, and raised the cry of "treachery".
A whole army may be robbed of its spirit; a commander-in-chief may be robbed of his presence of mind.
Elinor was robbed of all presence of mind by such an address, and was unable to say a word.
Tom was so stunned that he had not even presence of mind enough to say "Who cares, Miss Smarty?
There was a moment of breathless suspense, then one bird loosed its hold and the huge block of stone hurtled through the air, but thanks to the presence of mind of the helmsman, who turned our ship violently in another direction, it fell into the sea close beside us, cleaving it asunder till we could nearly see the bottom.
He had not the presence of mind to give him a black eye.
Dorothy had a good ducking, you may be sure, but she didn't lose her presence of mind even for a second.
She was the first who summoned presence of mind enough to give a plain answer to Turlington's plain question.
Well, says I, 'my dear, I'll ask you no more under your hand; but as you are to hear the most unexpected and surprising thing that perhaps ever befell any family in the world, I beg you to promise me you will receive it with composure and a presence of mind suitable to a man of sense.