the quality of being self-possessed; control of one's feelings, behavior, etc.; composure; poise.
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How to use self-possession in a sentence
Our shock is not from indecency, but from the absence of self-possession, the ultimate bourgeois possession.
For Ann Romney, let self-possession begin with something in a nice, bracing solid.Ann Romney’s Political Style on Mitt Romney’s Republican Campaign by Robin Givhan | Robin Givhan | August 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
British-born, he had a level of self-possession that seemed virtually Bond-like in the urbanity vacuum of CBS prime time.
All of this points to the larger issue of the true self-possession that any artist needs in order to be great and fully realized.
One can only hope he will accept his accolades with the grace and self-possession he has now.
Her tall figure—she was taller than he by at least three inches—was beautiful in its commanding, yet not vulgar, self-possession.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
Regaining his self-possession by a visible effort, he crossed to a small side-table upon which the instrument rested.Dope | Sax Rohmer
She passed through all their examinations with the most perfect composure and the most dignified self-possession.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
But I soon recovered some remnants of self-possession, and began feeling for the knob I could no longer see.The Staircase At The Hearts Delight | Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
Ease of action need not imply laziness, but simply polite self-possession.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley