presence of mind

noun
a calm state of mind that allows one to think clearly or act effectively in an emergency.

Origin:
1655–65

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presence of mind
 
n
the ability to remain calm and act constructively during times of crisis

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presence of mind pres·ence of mind (prěz'əns)
n.
The ability to think and act calmly and efficiently, especially in an emergency situation.

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Idioms & Phrases

presence of mind

The ability to act sensibly, promptly, and appropriately, especially in a difficult situation or emergency. For example, Distraught about losing her wallet and passport, she had the presence of mind to notify the authorities at once. This idiom in effect says that one's mind is present and functioning. [Second half of 1600s]

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Example sentences
At this point he faltered and lost his presence of mind so completely that he
  sat down on his own hat.
Maybe it was grit or pure presence of mind, maybe it was a career of
  photographing conflict, all the experience and preparation.
By their courage and presence of mind they probably have put an end to the
  career of a burglar.
Must be mature and display clear presence of mind under stressful situations.
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