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noun
a calm state of mind that allows one to think clearly or act effectively in an emergency.
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Origin of presence of mind

First recorded in 1655–65
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British Dictionary definitions for presence of mind

presence of mind

noun
the ability to remain calm and act constructively during times of crisis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with presence of mind

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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