presence of mind

noun phrase

Definition of presence of mind

: self-control so maintained in an emergency or in an embarrassing situation that one can say or do the right thing

First Known Use of presence of mind

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of presence of mind was circa 1624

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“Presence of mind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of presence of mind

: the ability to think clearly and act quickly especially in an emergency

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: ability to think clearly and act quickly in an emergency

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