sanity

noun
san·​i·​ty | \ ˈsa-nə-tē \

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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The story revolves around a young woman genetically at risk for schizophrenia who risks her freedom, sanity, and first love to save the life of an elephant calf. Nancy Richardson Fischer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Power of Not Naming My Disorder," 3 Dec. 2018 The trick, both for resale value and for a homeowner’s sanity and satisfaction, is to not overwhelm a space with pattern and color. Lisa Selin Davis, WSJ, "The Kitchen’s New Design Darling: Cement Tile," 19 Nov. 2018 Lastly, for sanity, a pair of sizable, pillowy leather noise-canceling headphones work wonders when faced with rowdy holiday crowds. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "19 Vogue Editors Share Their Ideal Holiday Travel Outfit," 15 Nov. 2018 No wonder their self-importance, their sanity, their perspective, their politics are truly all wet and gone with the wind. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The left is turning on the left," 15 Sep. 2018 Amid shortages of water, sand, and sanity, and an overabundance of horrifying political headlines, people started to care, to act, and to be conscious of what their purchases support. Jessica Chia, Allure, "How to Tell If a Beauty Brand's Philanthropic Initiatives Are Just Smoke and Mirrors," 27 July 2018 Because little kids need their sleep (and parents need their sanity)? Eva Dwight, USA TODAY, "How do you get teens out of bed during the summer without fighting?," 25 June 2018 Give yourself the gift of keeping your sanity-saving workouts on the schedule throughout the season. Abby Langer, SELF, "4 Holiday Season Nutrition Myths You Should Ignore," 23 Nov. 2018 The oblique storytelling — there are no intertitles — and innovative editing may make viewers themselves question their sanity. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "4 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of sanity

: the state of having a healthy and sound mind

sanity

noun
san·​i·​ty | \ ˈsan-ət-ē \
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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