a calm state of mind that allows one to think clearly or act effectively in an emergency.
Origin of presence of mind
First recorded in 1655–65
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British Dictionary definitions for presence of mind
the ability to remain calm and act constructively during times of crisis
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presence of mind in Medicine
presence of mind
The ability to think and act calmly and efficiently, especially in an emergency situation.
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Idioms and Phrases with presence of mind
The ability to act sensibly, promptly, and appropriately, especially in a difficult situation or emergency. For example, Distraught about losing her wallet and passport, she had the presence of mind to notify the authorities at once. This idiom in effect says that one's mind is present and functioning. [Second half of 1600s]
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