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[self-puh-zesh-uh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf pəˈzɛʃ ən, ˌsɛlf-/
the quality of being self-possessed; control of one's feelings, behavior, etc.; composure; poise.
Origin of self-possession
1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It has been said that privacy is in part a form of self-possession.
  • All are conscious of attaining to a higher self-possession.
  • She had self-possession, and that was ownership enough.
  • In fact, her focus and self-possession can be a bit scary.
  • Then he rose and walked up and down the room in the effort to retain or regain his self-possession.
  • Plank seemed to recover his self-possession at once, and the ceremony was performed.
Word Origin and History for self-possession

"command of one's emotions," 1745, from self- + possession (n.). Related: Self-possessed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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