Definition of presence of mind in English:

presence of mind

The ability to remain calm and take quick, sensible action: he had the presence of mind to record the scene on video
More example sentences
  • Despite their serious injuries, the men remained calm - one even had the presence of mind to make a joke.
  • But if we stay sensible and keep our presence of mind we can meet the challenges ahead.
  • So in the final analysis, it seems that the ability to maintain one's presence of mind in the face of danger is a primary issue.
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