\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Besides prepping for the deluxe release, what's been keeping you sane and happy these days? Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "If You Want To Know Where JoJo Went, See Where She’s Going," 31 Aug. 2020 Even if the Covid-19 pandemic was taking place in a more sane political era, the advent and distribution of a vaccine would be a fraught moment for the country. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Trumpian Politics Is the Greatest Threat to a Coronavirus Vaccine," 8 Sep. 2020 Dealing with the sane part quickly became a priority as workers hit a wall of exhaustion, the early calling card of burnout. Arianne Cohen, Bloomberg.com, "What I Learned About Working From Home While Reporting About Working From Home," 29 Aug. 2020 His daughter, Agnes, one of the few sane characters in the whole cavalcade, is portrayed by the biracial actor Rosalind Eleazar. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Charles Dickens at the Movies," 28 Aug. 2020 By comparison, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley sounded blessedly sane, although hardly free of bombast. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Missing from both party conventions: Making jobs great again," 25 Aug. 2020 Trying to figure out how to be a sane human between them is a very unique personal process. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "And Then We Grew Up," 10 Aug. 2020 His actions were inexcusable, but no sane person would draw a moral equivalency between them and the Holocaust or the war crimes of the Japanese Empire, which were both immeasurably worse. Jibran Khan, National Review, "Shame on Sarah Jeong for Belittling the Uyghur Genocide," 14 Aug. 2020 The prospect of your child spending years or even a lifetime in jail is enough to push a lot of parents over the edge of what sounds sane or even possible to do. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How This Mom Dug a 35-Foot-Long Tunnel to Rescue Her Son from Prison," 11 Aug. 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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29 Sep 2020

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“Sane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sane. Accessed 1 Oct. 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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