composed

adjective

com·​posed kəm-ˈpōzd How to pronounce composed (audio)
: free from agitation : calm
especially : self-possessed
They tried to remain composed throughout the ordeal.
composedly adverb
composedness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for composed

cool, composed, collected, unruffled, imperturbable, nonchalant mean free from agitation or excitement.

cool may imply calmness, deliberateness, or dispassionateness.

kept a cool head

composed implies freedom from agitation as a result of self-discipline or a sedate disposition.

the composed pianist gave a flawless concert

collected implies a concentration of mind that eliminates distractions especially in moments of crisis.

the nurse stayed calm and collected

unruffled suggests apparent serenity and poise in the face of setbacks or in the midst of excitement.

harried but unruffled

imperturbable implies coolness or assurance even under severe provocation.

the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling

nonchalant stresses an easy coolness of manner or casualness that suggests indifference or unconcern.

a nonchalant driver

Example Sentences

He had told us he felt nervous about the performance, but he seemed perfectly composed when he walked onto the stage. They tried to remain composed throughout the ordeal.
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Word History

Etymology

see compose

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of composed was in 1607

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“Composed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/composed. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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composed

adjective

com·​posed kəm-ˈpōzd How to pronounce composed (audio)
: being calm and in control : self-possessed
composedly adverb

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