PRESENCE OF MIND | English meaning - Cambridge Dictionary

Meaning of presence of mind in English

Examples of presence of mind

presence of mind
He had the presence of mind or the good sense to leave the water there, and lo and behold!
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He would have lost a hand but for his own presence of mind.
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It was thwarted by the vigilance of the guards, and their courage and presence of mind prevented a serious loss of life.
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Not every female has the presence of mind or coolness in a crisis to deal with these situations and something definitely needs to be done.
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He showed courage, presence of mind, and leadership of a high order.
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Many more would have died but for the presence of mind of the station staff, police, fire fighters ambulance staff, doctors and nurses.
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The headmaster, with great presence of mind, told her gravely that she was clearly earning more than he was.
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The 1998 budget has been undertaken with great presence of mind.
He said that he would describe subsidiarity as a "presence of mind"on the basis that it"cannot be defined".
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Fortunately, the bus driver had the presence of mind to get his passengers off the bus and no one was injured.
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I should like to congratulate them on the coolness and courage they showed and their presence of mind all through these operations.
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It will take several years of training and the development of their own judgment and presence of mind before they can.
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He said that the bus driver had the presence of mind to get the people off the bus.
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What is better than the presence of mind in a railway accident.
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They would not have the presence of mind to follow the example of my constituent, who tells me that he recorded the account of the conversation in police officer's fashion.
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Translations of presence of mind

in Chinese (Traditional)
鎮定自若,處變不驚…
in Chinese (Simplified)
镇定自若,处变不惊…
in Spanish
presencia de ánimo, aplomo, serenidad…
in Portuguese
presença de espírito…
in more languages
in French
in Turkish
in Dutch
in Czech
in Danish
in Indonesian
in Thai
in Vietnamese
in Polish
in Malay
in German
in Norwegian
in Ukrainian
présence d’esprit…
soğukkanlılık…
tegenwoordigheid van geest…
duchapřítomnost…
åndsnærværelse…
ketenangan…
การตั้งสติได้…
sự nhanh trí…
przytomność umysłu…
sifat sso yg tenang…
die Geistesgegenwart…
åndsnærvær…
холоднокровність…
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