cool·​head·​ed ˈkül-ˌhe-dəd How to pronounce coolheaded (audio)
: not easily excited

Examples of coolheaded in a Sentence

was praised for having a coolheaded response to the crisis
Recent Examples on the Web Her coolheaded approach — distilling arguments, weighing the evidence, and then ruling decisively — was evident in discussions over the Cohen case and is typical for Strauss, according to lawyers who have worked with her for decades. Benjamin Weiser,, 21 June 2020 Colleagues say that on the campaign and in the White House, Ms. Grisham has been a coolheaded, encouraging presence. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2019 And Pelosi, as the speaker of the House Representatives, appeared characteristically coolheaded throughout the voting process. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Dec. 2019 At the end of each challenge, the regular judge (Katherine Gray, a coolheaded glass artist and a professor) and a guest judge evaluate the contestants’ work. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 31 July 2019 That’s why a buyer should be represented by a buyer’s agent who provides coolheaded, arm’s length expertise. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, 11 July 2019 Beijing should be very coolheaded because does a new Cold War serve China’s interests? Jeremy Page, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2018 The movie weaves two stories, that of Anote Tong, the former president who calls on world leaders to help save his people, and that of Sermery, a coolheaded mother of six who reluctantly emigrates to New Zealand. New York Times, 15 June 2018 Graceful and coolheaded, the artist is prone to speaking in elliptical phrases that build on one another, in a way that echoes her artwork. Hilarie M. Sheets, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coolheaded was in 1777

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“Coolheaded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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cool·​head·​ed ˈkül-ˈhed-əd How to pronounce coolheaded (audio)
: not easily excited
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