Definitions: (1) composed, dignified, and self-assured; (2) well-poised <being in balance or equilibrium>

Derivation: Latin, “equal weight”

• For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. — Audrey Kathleen Hepburn (1929–1993) British actress.
• It is to the mind of perfect poise, housed in a body of clean habits, stabilized neural energies, and balanced chemical function – when the physical, mental, and spiritual powers are in triune harmony of development – that a maximum of light and truth can be imparted with a minimum of temporal danger or risk to the real welfare of such a being. By such a balanced growth does man ascend… (110:6.4) — The Urantia Book {1955}