\ 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

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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 When a notice to use an insanity defense is used, Villanueva said, the court appoints two independent experts to evaluate the defendant and determine whether the person was sane or insane. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "In rare case, woman faces trial 13 years after being charged in mother's killing," 29 Jan. 2020 In addition, the festival strives to keep their schedules sane: Fewer than 20% of participants at this year’s Feast worked more than one event. Hanna Raskin, Los Angeles Times, "The Festival Industrial Complex: How food festivals hurt the chefs they’re meant to help," 14 Oct. 2019 Only the most stubborn and committed anti-war president has a chance of putting U.S. foreign policy on an even slightly sane footing. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Bernie Sanders is America's best hope for a sane foreign policy," 7 Jan. 2020 These are not sane times, however, but broken ones. BostonGlobe.com, "Wednesday was an historic day. On that much, the president and the lawmakers who would vote to impeach him agree.," 19 Dec. 2019 In a sane environment, giving the 36-year old Drinkwitz a $4 million a year contract just five years removed from being the tight ends coach at Boise State, would be considered a complete reach by Missouri and a non-starter in a negotiation. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "The openings have been filled but college football's coaching carousel might still be turning," 19 Dec. 2019 The court is set to select a jury for the defense proceedings Wednesday, a week after a psychiatrist ruled Ramos as legally sane, according to CBS Baltimore. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Capital Gazette shooter to claim insanity after pleading guilty to killing 5 journalists," 28 Oct. 2019 Many sober and sane people have experienced these apparitions. Verna Gates, al, "8 spooky stories about Birmingham’s haunted past," 14 Oct. 2019 In total, 15 Leicester players - senior and youth - could feature for their countries over the course of the break, a break that any sane football fan always dreads. SI.com, "When & Where to Watch Leicester City's Players During the October International Break," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Sane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sane. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sane

: having a healthy mind : able to think normally
: based on reason or good judgment : rational or sensible
\ 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
\ 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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Legal Definition of sane

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

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