presence of mind

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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


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presence of mind

noun

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:ability to think clearly and act quickly in an emergency

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