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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.
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the quality of being self-possessed.
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Noun1.self-possession - the trait of resolutely controlling your own behaviorself-possession - the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution - the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
nerves - control of your emotions; "this kind of tension is not good for my nerves"
presence of mind - self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency
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noun self-assurance, confidence, composure, poise, cool (slang), aplomb, sang-froid, unflappability (informal), self-command She found her customary self-possession had deserted her.
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[ˌselfpəˈzeʃən] Nserenidad f, autodominio m
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[ˌsɛlfpəˈzɛʃn] npadronanza di sé
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(selfpəˈzest) adjective
calm, and able to act confidently in an emergency. a calm, self-possessed person.
ˌself-posˈsession (-ʃən) noun
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References in classic literature ?
She remained silent, but maintained her air of calmness and self-possession. Captain Bonneville approached and interrogated her as to the object of her mysterious visit.
"Leave that to me," said Kearney, with self-possession. "When I've built that there reservoir on Devil's Spur, and bring the water over the ridge from Union Ditch, there'll be enough to spare for that."
Julian advanced a few steps, instantly recovering his self-possession. "I am sorry I was not at home," he said, "when you called with your letter from the consul.
He recovered his self-possession almost as suddenly as he had lost it.
"Point the person out." She said the words with a self-possession which won her uncle's hearty approval.
Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy:--this is the art of retaining self-possession.
She vividly recalled his manly, resolute face, his noble self-possession, and the good nature conspicuous in everything towards everyone.
With rare self-possession he let his gaze drop, without appearing to have halted upon the mirror until it rested again upon the gems.
I did not use to think her wanting in self-possession, but she had not quite enough for the demands of yesterday.
By that time all had recovered their self-possession, and there was nothing out of the common to attract his attention.
But somehow her self-possession matched very well little Fyne's invariable solemnity.
Still Dantes could not view without a shudder the approach of a gendarme who accompanied the officers deputed to demand his bill of health ere the yacht was permitted to hold communication with the shore; but with that perfect self-possession he had acquired during his acquaintance with Faria, Dantes coolly presented an English passport he had obtained from Leghorn, and as this gave him a standing which a French passport would not have afforded, he was informed that there existed no obstacle to his immediate debarkation.