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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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  • "No—no; it was those jewels," replied Bertha, who had not yet recovered her self-possession.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • He had kept his hat on, and took it off to recover his self-possession.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Lucinda found her voice all at once, but hardly her self-possession.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • Moreover, she was a little afraid of him; his self-possession was extraordinary.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • He needed all the self-possession he had been years acquiring not to throw himself at her knees and declare his passion to her.

  • But in an instant the Californian seemed to have lost his self-possession.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
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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