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English definition of “presence of mind”

presence of mind

noun [U]     approving
C2 the ability to make good decisions and to act quickly and calmly in a difficult situation or an emergency : When the gunmen came into the bank , she had the presence of mind to press the alarm .IntelligencePerceptive
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