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[self-puh-zest, self-]
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  1. having or showing control of one's feelings, behavior, etc.; composed; poised.
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Origin of self-possessed

First recorded in 1830–40
Related formsself-pos·sess·ed·ly [self-puh-zes-id-lee, -zest-lee, self-] /ˈsɛlf pəˈzɛs ɪd li, -ˈzɛst li, ˌsɛlf-/, adverbun·self-pos·sessed, adjective


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  • His movements were graceful and self-possessed, and he had his father's sweetness of voice.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He was too self-possessed, too strongly poised in his own isolation.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Thus did the self-possessed Bunter express himself with great disgust.

    Tales Of Hearsay

    Joseph Conrad

  • The doctor, observant and self-possessed, muttered, "He is very capable of that."

  • She liked the self-possessed manner with which Geraldine greeted her.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham

British Dictionary definitions for self-possessed


  1. having control of one's emotions, etc
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Derived Formsself-possessedly, adverbself-possession, noun
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