sanity

noun
san·​i·​ty | \ ˈsa-nə-tē How to pronounce sanity (audio) \

Definition of sanity

: the quality or state of being sane especially : soundness or health of mind

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Examples of sanity in a Sentence

People have begun to doubt his sanity. She is the mother of six children but somehow keeps her sanity. The sanity of the decision was never in question.
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Recent Examples on the Web Gridlock has plagued the highway for decades, endangering the sanity of commuters while threatening the quality of life and economic growth of the region. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 My heart embraces this specific type of volunteer duty for the sake of the public school children as well as for the sanity of all who navigate the current system. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2021 Just a year ago, runners all over the world were questioning the sanity of the decision to allow such shoes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Adrienne So, Wired, 26 Jan. 2021 The arrangement has helped Mika, who previously struggled with distance learning as a second-grader at Argonne Elementary, thrive in school, and has saved the sanity of her parents, who both work, said her mom, Anat Balint. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, 22 Oct. 2020 Many organizations have turned to collaborative tools to help bridge the isolation and maintain the sanity of their employees. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 19 Oct. 2020 The shuttering of those destinations, however, yielded uncharted territory that has tested the sanity of many. Sunset Magazine, 6 Oct. 2020 Governors and state legislators should employ a strategy that first acknowledges that the struggle to restore educational sanity is a marathon, not a sprint. William A. Jacobson, National Review, 30 Aug. 2021 But the series highlight is still its jabs at the outer edges of the entertainment industry, where shame and self-awareness cannot coexist with sanity. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sanity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sanity

Middle English sanite, from Anglo-French sanité, from Latin sanitat-, sanitas health, sanity, from sanus healthy, sane

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The first known use of sanity was in the 15th century

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“Sanity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanity. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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sanity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sanity

: the condition of having a healthy mind : the condition of being sane
: the condition of being based on reason or good judgment

sanity

noun
san·​i·​ty | \ ˈsa-nə-tē How to pronounce sanity (audio) \

Kids Definition of sanity

: the state of having a healthy and sound mind

sanity

noun
san·​i·​ty | \ ˈsan-ət-ē How to pronounce sanity (audio) \
plural sanities

Medical Definition of sanity

: the quality or state of being sane especially : soundness or health of mind

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sanity

noun
san·​i·​ty

Legal Definition of sanity

: the quality or state of being sane — compare insanity

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