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

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Other Words from sane

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

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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 Bassett credits all the time he's spent on bettering himself with how he's managed to stay sane through it all. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 13 May 2021 There is not a sane person on the planet that would question Russell Westbrook’s ability on a basketball court. Jonathan X. Simmons, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2021 But rather than giving prospective athletes pause, that mental challenge is responsible for luring untold numbers of otherwise sane, accomplished professionals to take up pursuits that by definition put them in mortal danger. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 9 May 2021 Just word counts, project titles, notations about work sent to my agent and those check marks — the history of my struggle to remain faithful to my mantra; a record of my desire to stay sane and productive. Amitava Kumar, New York Times, 4 May 2021 Many have been homeschooling their kids, caring for elderly or ill family members, working from home and dealing with a ton more stress than usual, while also trying to stay sane and healthy. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Again, this is not something any sane person would bet on. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Apr. 2021 By way of analogy, culture-war crimes constitute horrors done in the name of advancing some ideological agenda that would shock the conscience of any morally sane person, regardless of his or her political bent. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 17 Apr. 2021 And one that got ink, declining to accept what a sane person would instantly see as a phone (blue oval): Combing his nose hairs on his way home from Mardi Gras, Ralph suddenly realized why his nether regions were feeling so drafty. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2021

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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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2 Jun 2021

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“Sane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sane. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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sane

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sane

: having a healthy mind : able to think normally
: based on reason or good judgment : rational or sensible

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

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sane

adjective

Legal Definition of sane

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

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