American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. In command of oneself.
- adj. In a state of balance without need of support.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Poised, or kept well balanced, by self-respect or other regard for self.
“God Himself, therefore, is what He is, self-related, self-tending; otherwise He becomes outward-tending, other-seeking — who cannot but be wholly self-poised.”
“Here is a socialization flowing, self-poised, fertilizing; it is full of gracious invitation to all, yet regulates all; it makes liberty by making law; it produces and distributes privilege.”
“He had a well-balanced, self-poised character, and so could trust himself”
“It is a persuaded, self-poised community, strikingly like its negative pole on the Slavery Question, Massachusetts.”
“He was the honest mouthpiece of a most peculiar people, local in its opinions and sentiments beyond anything known at the North, even in self-poised Boston.”
“Standing on the highest eminence of human distinction, modest, firm, simple, and self-poised, having filled all lands with his renown, he has seen not only the highborn and the titled, but the poor and the lowly, in the uttermost ends of the earth, rise and uncover before him.”
“No one could gaze or even glance at that face and not perceive at once that it was the visage of a man of many sorrows -- yet of a man proud, calm, self-possessed, self-poised and indomitable.”
“He was always thoroughly self-poised and deliberate; nothing ever seemed to excite him, and he always maintained a proper dignity.”
“She had no self-poised artist sense, this Lois, -- knew nothing of”
“Free labor, educated, skilful, prosperous, self-poised, and independent, grew into great strength, and accumulated untold wealth, in all the States in which slavery had been supplanted.”
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