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 saneness (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.

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Now, she's lost most of the things keeping her sane and balanced. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "All the Clues that Daenerys’ Dragons Would Meet This Fate on 'Game of Thrones'," 6 May 2019 But even around our 10Best street route there's joy in whomping around an empty set of curves at sane speeds, using but a tiny slice of the available grip. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Edge Play: Edge play refers to BDSM activities that push the limit of what is considered safe, sane, and consensual. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Impact Play," 1 May 2019 Indeed, a sane person would have jumped on the bus and told the driver to take the quickest route out of Washington. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "How the News Became Fake," 25 Jan. 2019 In a sane world, offering one of the top 5 players in the league a supermax extension would be a no-brainer. Jim Lefko, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ roundtable: What are the Spurs' contract options in regards to Leonard?," 13 Apr. 2018 Maybe there will be Hollywood movies about Asian Americans who aren’t crazy or rich, but sane and middle class. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 Yet many seemingly sane and knowledgable politicians have proven unable to grasp the concept. James Freeman, WSJ, "Woodward and the Mystery of Trump," 4 Sep. 2018 Tiny later posted a video clip to her own account featuring rapper Snoop Dogg, who has been married for 20 years, discussing how strong women — his wife in particular — help him stay sane and successful. Emily Davies, PEOPLE.com, "Did Tiny Cheat on T.I. with Floyd Mayweather? Singer Addresses Rumors: 'I Didn't Have Any Sex'," 29 June 2018

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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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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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