self-possessed


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Related to self-possessed: consistently, imperiously, nattily, unceremoniously

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 ?
They say that men who have seen the world, thereby become quite at ease in manner, quite self-possessed in company.
"She's a most self-possessed young woman," added her parent.
Boris, grown more manly and looking fresh, rosy and self-possessed, entered the drawing room elegantly dressed in the uniform of an aide-de-camp and was duly conducted to pay his respects to the aunt and then brought back to the general circle.
There was a self-possessed young lady connected with these accessories; and Pitcher was there to construe her.
In spite of the heat of the room, he wore a thick sea-jacket, buttoned to the neck, and a tall hairy cap drawn down over his ears; yet I never saw any man, not even a judge upon the bench, look cooler, or more studious and self-possessed, than this ship-captain.
What had become of his always self-possessed resolute manner, and the carelessly serene expression of his face?
Quick enough of comprehension, she understood me directly; her face became a little blanched--a very little--but no muscle in her rather marked features moved; and, calm and self-possessed, she retired from the estrade, taking her seat quietly at a little distance, and occupying herself with netting a purse.
He was very awkward and very self-possessed. In addition to the stiffening afforded his backbone by the conscious ownership of eleven millions, he possessed an enormous certitude.
He was otherwise quite self-possessed, bowed to the Judge, and stood quiet.
The doctor, ordinarily the most mellifluous and self-possessed of men, flew into a violent, roaring, cursing passion, on this occasion--declared that I was imperiling the honor and standing of the family--insisted on my never drawing another caricature, either for public or private purposes, as long as I lived; and ordered me to go forthwith and ask pardon of Lady Malkinshaw in the humblest terms that it was possible to select.
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.
"Drive on to Freshitt Hall," she said to the coachman, and any one looking at her might have thought that though she was paler than usual she was never animated by a more self-possessed energy.