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

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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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The prosecution argued in trial that Moore was sane, saying she was motivated by anger toward her ex-husband, Michael Moore, the father of Aleisha and Daaron. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "East Haven mother LeRoya Moore sentenced to 120 years in prison for drugging, drowning her two small children," 27 June 2019 And while no sane person is taking this proposal seriously, there seems to be some interest from the fighting world. Carlos De Loera, latimes.com, "Justin Bieber wants to fight Tom Cruise — and no one knows why," 10 June 2019 John FleenorGetty Images Of this season's Bachelorette gentlemen, contestant Tyler Cameron seems like one of the most sane, balanced, and drama-free bachelors competing for Hannah Brown's heart. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Tyler Cameron's Baltimore Ravens Football Career Was Epic But Short-Lived," 23 May 2019 While no one is immune to self-doubt (no sane person, anyway), men have been far better able to acquire this skill. National Geographic, "Could a woman walk around the world today?," 5 Apr. 2019 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

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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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