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[self-puh-zesh-uh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf pəˈzɛʃ ən, ˌsɛlf-/
the quality of being self-possessed; control of one's feelings, behavior, etc.; composure; poise.
Origin of self-possession
First recorded in 1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At last, Gilder was restored in a measure to his self-possession.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • In that moment of surprise, the self-possession of Heyward did not desert him.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • He had kept his hat on, and took it off to recover his self-possession.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • When I think of it, I marvel yet that I did not lose my self-possession altogether.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • By this time Mr Coningham had apparently recovered his self-possession.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Before my self-possession returned, I had heard what follows.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
Word Origin and History for self-possession

"command of one's emotions," 1745, from self- + possession (n.). Related: Self-possessed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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