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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.

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

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? $\endgroup$ Sep 8, 2016 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. $\endgroup$ Sep 8, 2016 at 18:07
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    $\begingroup$ Furious, angry, mad and violent are all composed... $\endgroup$ Sep 8, 2016 at 18:08
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    $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil ... and hushed, placid, and sedate are all uptight. $\endgroup$ Sep 8, 2016 at 18:29
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    $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil Doesn't the new tag kinda spoils the puzzle ? $\endgroup$
    – Ankoganit
    Sep 9, 2016 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, 2016 at 9:07

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