from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ability to think and act calmly and efficiently, especially in an emergency.
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- n. Focused alertness, quick-thinking resourcefulness, stability of thought and feeling, or good sense, especially in spite of circumstances which are distracting, stressful, or otherwise challenging.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. that state of the mind in which all its faculties are alert, prompt, and acting harmoniously in obedience to the will, enabling one to reach, as it were spontaneously or by intuition, just conclusions in sudden emergencies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency
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