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  1. acting with poise.
  2. being balanced without support.
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Related formsself-pois·ed·ness [self-poi-zid-nis] /sɛlfˈpɔɪ zɪd nɪs/, noun
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Examples from the Web for self-poised

Historical Examples

  • We have no individuality, no self-poised strength, no sense of freedom.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • We miss a touch of delicacy in this nature that was so strong and self-poised.

  • Are we self-poised, or does our balance depend on something external?

    The Hidden Power

    Thomas Troward

  • He was upright, firm, and self-poised as the pillar of some old Grecian temple.

  • She did not feel that Dallas needed buoying—Dallas, quiet, self-poised, and staunch.

    The Plow-Woman

    Eleanor Gates