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poise

noun [U] uk   /pɔɪz/ approving us  
calm confidence in a person's way of behaving, or a quality of grace (= moving in an attractive way) and balance in the way a person holds or moves their body: He looked embarrassed for a moment, then quickly regained his poise. Her confidence and poise show that she is a top model.
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