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 Just remember: Going forward, the best way to stay sane is simply to never tweet at all. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "You Should Probably Delete All of Your Old Tweets. Here's How to Do It.," 17 Mar. 2021 To cope, Joshi painted hundreds of canvases in the past year, an important way to stay sane through the challenging times. Los Angeles Times, "‘Hamilton’ cookie portraits? See how healthcare workers make art to cope with COVID-19," 12 Mar. 2021 What is your advice for women who are balancing so much right now between work and parenting, and just trying to stay sane throughout it all. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Self-Care Advocate Alexandra Elle Wants Women to Give Themselves "Permission to Pause"," 8 Mar. 2021 To any sane person, over-the-air charging is the dream. Washington Post, "One innovation we won’t be seeing soon: Over-the-air charging," 5 Mar. 2021 Which begs the question: Why would any sane investor who receives advance warning of unequal treatment proceed? Edward Siedle, Forbes, "Private Equity Pays To Silence Investor-Whistleblowers Aware Of Fraud," 28 Feb. 2021 How any sane person could watch those videos, read those tweets, plus listen to that testimony and not be moved to vote to convict is beyond belief. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Gun laws, social studies standards, impeachment, vaccines," 12 Feb. 2021 The arrival of the new year heralds vaccines, sane Washington, D.C., leadership and hopefully, before long, the chance to once again practice some of our favorite pastimes. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: To a better 2021," 4 Jan. 2021 Jon Kyl, and myself spent a lot of money from our campaigns and whatnot trying to keep that infrastructure sane. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Real Republican Radicals," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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22 Mar 2021

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“Sane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sane. Accessed 10 Apr. 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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