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Definition of "self-possession" [self•-pos•ses•sion]

  • Full command of one's faculties, feelings, and behavior. See Synonyms at confidence. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "self-possession" in a sentence
  • "Slowly, with witty self-possession, this thoughtful heroine d ecides that she must untangle the narrative strands around her."
  • "She had nerved herself for the last culminating ordeal, and his remark was like a blow to her self-possession."
  • "The young-adult novelist John Green creates characters of such quirky charm and witty self-possession that you can almost hear the acoustic strains of indie-pop in the background as you read."