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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Maybe there will be Hollywood movies about Asian Americans who aren’t crazy or rich, but sane and middle class. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 Yet many seemingly sane and knowledgable politicians have proven unable to grasp the concept. James Freeman, WSJ, "Woodward and the Mystery of Trump," 4 Sep. 2018 Tiny later posted a video clip to her own account featuring rapper Snoop Dogg, who has been married for 20 years, discussing how strong women — his wife in particular — help him stay sane and successful. Emily Davies, PEOPLE.com, "Did Tiny Cheat on T.I. with Floyd Mayweather? Singer Addresses Rumors: 'I Didn't Have Any Sex'," 29 June 2018 If that's not your cup of tea, though, no worries: There are still plenty of other non-festive things happening in entertainment this week to keep you sane. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week," 2 Dec. 2018 Every tweet, meme, viral video, trending topic is some combination of inexplicable foolishness that sometimes choosing to being clueless is just the way to keep yourself sane. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 At this point, this hinges upon him not resigning, which any sane person in his position would do. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Will Actually Happen to Trump?," 19 Dec. 2018 Here are a few tips that have helped me and my patients stay sane: Turn off notifications and digital alerts from news sources on all your devices. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Help! The News Is Making Me Feel Depressed," 9 Oct. 2018 No sane company today would introduce a product or service that doesn’t include a mobile app. Kevin Maney, Newsweek, "Trump Tax Code Will Lead to Fewer Full-Time Jobs and Fewer Homeowners," 10 Jan. 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 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

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sanely adverb

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adjective

Legal Definition of sane

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

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