sane

adjective
\ ˈsān How to pronounce sane (audio) \
saner; sanest

Definition of sane

1 : proceeding from a sound mind : rational
2 : mentally sound especially : able to anticipate and appraise the effect of one's actions
3 : healthy in body

Other Words from sane

sanely adverb
saneness \ ˈsān-​nəs How to pronounce sane (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for sane

wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them. wise beyond his tender years sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom. the sage advice of my father sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment. the sapient musings of an old philosopher judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions. judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure prudent suggests the exercise of restraint guided by sound practical wisdom and discretion. a prudent decision to wait out the storm sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality. a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness. remained sane even in times of crises

Examples of sane in a Sentence

No sane person could do something so horrible. Leaving was the only sane option she had.
Recent Examples on the Web In separate parts of a remote location, the contestants try their best to stay safe (and sane) to beat out the competition for the $500,000 prize. Briana Richert, EW.com, 11 July 2022 Which is not, like walking, a movement sane and articulated and vertical. Ilana Luna, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Josh Shapiro can present himself as a sane, competent, moderate, who cleans-up nicely. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 18 May 2022 Here’s how the coach stayed ‘sane’ during his COVID-19 absence. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, 8 Nov. 2021 But don't expect that same courageous leadership – or really, just sane policy-making – from most of the Republican governors of the nation's red states, the very places where intervention is most needed as the Delta variant continues to rage. Neil J. Young, The Week, 24 Aug. 2021 In a sane world, Disney and Netflix would be fine an eventual result of 150-250 million global subscribers. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 What happened with the democratic debate that was more sane. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 29 Mar. 2022 This is for two reasons: first, the diagnosis may be wrong—the apparently mad may in fact be sane—and second, madness can have its own rationality. WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sane

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sane

Latin sanus healthy, sane

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13 Aug 2022

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“Sane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sane. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for sane

sane

adjective
\ ˈsān How to pronounce sane (audio) \
saner; sanest

Kids Definition of sane

1 : having a healthy and sound mind
2 : very sensible a sane policy

sane

adjective
\ ˈsān How to pronounce sane (audio) \
saner; sanest

Medical Definition of sane

1 : free from hurt or disease : healthy
2 : mentally sound especially : able to anticipate and appraise the effect of one's actions
3 : proceeding from a sound mind sane behavior

Other Words from sane

sanely adverb

sane

adjective

Legal Definition of sane

: mentally sound specifically : able to understand one's actions and distinguish right from wrong

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