presence of mind


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presence of mind

The ability to act sensibly, promptly, and appropriately, especially in a difficult situation or emergency. For example, Distraught about losing her wallet and passport, she had the presence of mind to notify the authorities at once . This idiom in effect says that one's mind is present and functioning. [Second half of 1600s]
See also: mind, of, presence
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I do not know how many people at any age would have the presence of mind that Stephanie did, or the courage that Allie showed," Obama said.
He saw the defendant enter the room, search through her possessions and had the presence of mind at that stage to take some still photographs of what he was observing," prosecutor Paul Rowland told Newcastle crown court.
With presence of mind and outstanding expertise, the pilot controlled the unexpected situation and landed the plane at Lahore airport, averting a massive tragedy, with all passengers remained safe in the incident.
The driver showed considerable presence of mind as he dumped the burning load.
Fortunately, our friend had the presence of mind to somehow pick up and protect her pet dog before the savage attack continued.
Mr Sharp said: "Fortunately, a member of the public on Marine Drive, high above the scene, happened to see their plight and had the presence of mind to make a 999 call to the Coastguard.
Having been slammed into the turf himself, Walsh still had the presence of mind to get up and catch Kauto Star before he galloped off.
Marko walks blindfolded, displaying his amazing dexterity, presence of mind and skill along with the other team members making you watch them in total astonishment and awe.
I applaud the council (or whoever is responsible) for having the presence of mind to put these events on.
For such a young boy to have such presence of mind is phenomenal.
Fortunately he had the presence of mind to roll onto his back and his heavy-duty pack took the force of the explosion.
Unfortunately, after a 24-hour stint my notes had become rather illegible, and also slightly encrusted in vomit but I had the presence of mind to post them to No 10 before I passed out, which may explain Gordo's silence viz.
We will be presenting her with a memento to remind her of the incredible courage and presence of mind she showed that night.
SSgt Kent's situational awareness and presence of mind prevented possible contamination of the local water supply, averted an emergency evacuation of the alert E-4B aircraft, and ensured the safety of an $850 million Air Force asset.
Quite frankly, Blake has finally resumed his former self in that he has a presence of mind and can have a discussion with us that doesn't feel like we're just prying and asking nosy questions,'' said his father.