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poise

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1 a condition in which opposing forces are equal to one another

  • there must be a poise between the rights of the individual and the rights of society
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2 a general way of holding the body

  • the woman's poise suggested that she was accustomed to having her wishes carried out promptly and without question
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tact, address, poise, savoir faire mean skill and grace in dealing with others. tact implies delicate and considerate perception of what is appropriate.
    • questions showing a lack of tact
address stresses dexterity and grace in dealing with new and trying situations and may imply success in attaining one's ends.
    • brought it off with remarkable address
poise may imply both tact and address but stresses self-possession and ease in meeting difficult situations.
    • answered the accusations with unruffled poise
savoir faire is likely to stress worldly experience and a sure awareness of what is proper or expedient.
    • the savoir faire of a seasoned traveler

poise

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1 to prepare (oneself) mentally or emotionally

  • the disgraced business executive poised herself for the difficult press conference
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2 to rest or move along the surface of a liquid or in the air

  • the falcon poised in the air for an instant before diving to attack its prey
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