sane

adjective
\ ˈsān \
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 \ 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.

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For me, having crazy parents, my teachers were like the sane people who raised me. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "ABC picks up '90s 'Goldbergs' spinoff based on Penn Charter teachers," 16 Apr. 2018 Perfectly sane people become addicted to these medications and end up dead. Time, "Flea: The Temptation of Drugs Is a B*tch," 22 Feb. 2018 No sane person wants to live in an all back neighborhood. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Longest Clapback Ever," 22 June 2018 Apparently the Bottle's great reputation as a booker—and the absence of a cover charge—is enough to convince perfectly sane people to volunteer for possible frostbite watching bands playing in the street outside the venue. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Do This / Music Music Frozen Dancing is the only festival where you can see Oh Sees in the snow," 16 Feb. 2018 What if the president ordering a nuclear attack isn’t sane? Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "‘How can you trust these people?’ The brutal ordeal of America’s forgotten Iranian hostage.," 11 May 2018 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Tom Paine, Karl Marx—are scarcely more sane. William Finnegan, Smithsonian, "When the Unabomber Was Arrested, One of the Longest Manhunts in FBI History Was Finally Over," 18 May 2018 Being out in the mountains is the one thing that helps me stay grounded and sane. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, "So You Charge Harder Than Your Partner," 16 May 2018 The slippery boundary between the categories of sane and insane is central to my work as an anthropologist at Northwestern University studying cultural influences on the experience and understanding of mental illness. Rebecca A. Seligman, STAT, "Cultural confusion: the shifting line between sane and ‘unsane’," 8 May 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 \
saner; sanest

Kids Definition of sane

1 : having a healthy and sound mind

2 : very sensible a sane policy

sane

adjective
\ ˈsān \
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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