self-possessed

adjective
self-pos·​sessed | \ ˌself-pə-ˈzest How to pronounce self-possessed (audio) also -ˈsest \

Definition of self-possessed

: having or showing self-possession : composed in mind or manner : calm

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self-possessedly \ ˌself-​pə-​ˈze-​səd-​lē How to pronounce self-possessed (audio) , -​ˈse-​ ; -​ˈzest-​lē , -​ˈsest-​ \ adverb

First Known Use of self-possessed

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-possessed was in 1766

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“Self-possessed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-possessed. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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self-possessed

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English Language Learners Definition of self-possessed

: having or showing control of your feelings or actions especially in a difficult situation

self-possessed

adjective
self-pos·​sessed | \ ˌself-pə-ˈzest \

Kids Definition of self-possessed

: having or showing control of emotions or reactions

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