presence-mind

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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