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self-possessed

[self-puh-zest, self-] /ˈsɛlf pəˈzɛst, ˌsɛlf-/
adjective
1.
having or showing control of one's feelings, behavior, etc.; composed; poised.
Origin of self-possessed
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
Related forms
self-possessedly
[self-puh-zes-id-lee, -zest-lee, self-] /ˈsɛlf pəˈzɛs ɪd li, -ˈzɛst li, ˌsɛlf-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
unself-possessed, adjective
Synonyms
calm, collected, serene, cool, sedate.
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  • His movements were graceful and self-possessed, and he had his father's sweetness of voice.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He was too self-possessed, too strongly poised in his own isolation.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Thus did the self-possessed Bunter express himself with great disgust.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • The doctor, observant and self-possessed, muttered, "He is very capable of that."

  • She liked the self-possessed manner with which Geraldine greeted her.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham
British Dictionary definitions for self-possessed

self-possessed

adjective
1.
having control of one's emotions, etc
Derived Forms
self-possessedly, adverb
self-possession, noun
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