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self-possession

noun [U] uk   /ˌself.pəˈzeʃ.ən/ us  
the characteristic of being calm and in control of your emotions at all times: He looked surprised but soon recovered his self-possession.
self-possessed
adjective uk   /ˌself.pəˈzest/ us  
She is a confident and self-possessed public speaker.
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