- acting with poise.
- being balanced without support.
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Examples from the Web for self-poised
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.The Women of the French Salons
Amelia Gere Mason
Are we self-poised, or does our balance depend on something external?The Hidden Power
He was upright, firm, and self-poised as the pillar of some old Grecian temple.Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life
Ann S. Stephens
She did not feel that Dallas needed buoying—Dallas, quiet, self-poised, and staunch.The Plow-Woman