compos mentis

com·pos men·tis | \ˈkäm-pəs-ˈmen-təs \

Definition of compos mentis 

: of sound mind, memory, and understanding

Examples of compos mentis in a Sentence

went to court to prove that her grandmother was no longer compos mentis and needed a legal guardian

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Too a Real President meeting yesterday largely succeeded in its immediate goal: News coverage showed Trump in the act of president-ing with the air of a man who is, if not a stable genius, at least compos mentis. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Deals Keep Falling Apart Because He Can’t Speak for His Own Administration," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of compos mentis

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compos mentis

Latin, literally, having mastery of one's mind

Latin, literally, having possession of one's mind

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compos mentis

com·pos men·tis | \ˌkäm-pə-ˈsment-əs \

Medical Definition of compos mentis 

: of sound mind, memory, and understanding

compos mentis

com·pos men·tis | \ˈkäm-pəs-ˈmen-təs, ˈkȯm-pȯs-ˈmen-tis \

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to reject or criticize sharply

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