self-possessed


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self-pos·ses·sion

(sĕlf′pə-zĕsh′ən)
n.
Calm and self-assured command of one's faculties, feelings, and behavior: "Maureen ... had a blunt way of talking that was fueled by the self-possession of a working-class toughie" (Philip Roth).

self′-pos·sessed′ adj.

self-possessed

adj
having control of one's emotions, etc
ˌself-posˈsessedly adv
ˌself-posˈsession n

self′-possessed′



adj.
showing control of one's feelings, behavior, etc.; composed; poised.
[1830–40]
self′-possess′edly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.self-possessed - in full control of your faculties; "the witness remained collected throughout the cross-examination"; "perfectly poised and sure of himself"; "more self-contained and more dependable than many of the early frontiersmen"; "strong and self-possessed in the face of trouble"
composed - serenely self-possessed and free from agitation especially in times of stress; "the performer seemed completely composed as she stepped onto the stage"; "I felt calm and more composed than I had in a long time"

self-possessed

adjective self-assured, confident, poised, together (slang), cool, collected, unruffled, cool as a cucumber (informal), sure of yourself She is the most articulate and self-possessed member of her family.

self-possessed

adjective
Having a firm belief in one's own powers:
Translations

self-possessed

[ˌselfpəˈzest] ADJsereno, dueño de sí mismo

self-possessed

[ˌsɛlfpəˈzɛst] adjpadrone/a di sé, composto/a

self-possessed

(selfpəˈzest) adjective
calm, and able to act confidently in an emergency. a calm, self-possessed person.
ˌself-posˈsession (-ʃən) noun
References in classic literature ?
How she did it, she never knew, but for the next few minutes she worked as if possessed, blindly obeying Laurie, who was quite self-possessed, and lying flat, held Amy up by his arm and hockey stick till Jo dragged a rail from the fence, and together they got the child out, more frightened than hurt.
She was a buxom girl with dark hair and eyes, calm and self-possessed.
Yet she was so self-possessed when the party joined her, that the singular rencontre and her explanation of the stranger's sudden departure excited no further comment.
They say that men who have seen the world, thereby become quite at ease in manner, quite self-possessed in company.
Riley was the most self-possessed and solemnly deliberate person in the republic.
The servant found him standing close at the window, looking less self-possessed than usual.
He was otherwise quite self-possessed, bowed to the Judge, and stood quiet.
I was rather bashful at first, Steerforth being so self-possessed, and elegant, and superior to me in all respects (age included); but his easy patronage soon put that to rights, and made me quite at home.
He remembered having crossed the road and seen the finger-post only a little while before Wildfire broke down; so, buttoning his coat, twisting the lash of his hunting-whip compactly round the handle, and rapping the tops of his boots with a self-possessed air, as if to assure himself that he was not at all taken by surprise, he set off with the sense that he was undertaking a remarkable feat of bodily exertion, which somehow and at some time he should be able to dress up and magnify to the admiration of a select circle at the Rainbow.
Trefusis half laughed, half sighed with relief to find her so self-possessed.
Athos alone smiled, with a self-possessed, disdainful smile.
Until that time," continued the young girl in a calm and self-possessed tone of voice, "we will conform to circumstances, and be guided by the wishes of our friends, so long as those wishes do not tend finally to separate us; in a word, and I repeat it, because it expresses all I wish to convey, -- we will wait.