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This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an Uptight Word™.
Composed Words™ are not Uptight Words™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

Example words picture

Here they are in a CSV format:

UPTIGHT WORDS™,COMPOSED WORDS™
ABASHED,ANGRY
BRAZEN,CALM
CRAZY,COMPOSED
EXCITED,COOL
EASY,FURIOUS
FIERCE,HALCYON
HUSHED,MAD
MILD,NERVOUS
PLACID,RELAXED
ROUSED,RUFFLED
SEDATE,SERENE
TENSE,UNCOOL
UPTIGHT,VIOLENT
WORRIED,WILD
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  • $\begingroup$ Is Composed the exact opposite of Uptight, or are the two properties unrelated except that Composed implies not Uptight? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 8 '16 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I just updated the question, yes you could replace "composed" with "not uptight" the two sets are mutually exclusive. $\endgroup$ – Jonathan Allan Sep 8 '16 at 18:07
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    $\begingroup$ Furious, angry, mad and violent are all composed... $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Sep 8 '16 at 18:08
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    $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil ... and hushed, placid, and sedate are all uptight. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 8 '16 at 18:29
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    $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil Doesn't the new tag kinda spoils the puzzle ? $\endgroup$ – Ankoganit Sep 9 '16 at 16:17
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An Uptight Word™ is a word ...

... whose Scrabble score is a prime number.

Conversely, a Composed Word™ ...

... has a non-prime or composite Scrabble score: The score is composed of several factors.

Evidence section:

ABASHED: 13 ANGRY: 9
BRAZEN: 17 CALM: 8
CRAZY: 19 COMPOSED: 15
EXCITED: 17 COOL: 6
EASY: 7 FURIOUS: 10
FIERCE: 11 HALCYON: 15
HUSHED: 13 MAD: 6
MILD: 7 NERVOUS: 10
PLACID: 11 RELAXED: 15
ROUSED: 7 RUFFLED: 14
SEDATE: 7 SERENE: 6
TENSE: 5 UNCOOL: 8
UPTIGHT: 13 VIOLENT: 10
WORRIED: 11 WILD: 8

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    $\begingroup$ How did you think of that ? Oo $\endgroup$ – Guildias Sep 9 '16 at 9:07

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