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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One hope is that this victory for judicial sanity will stop the tide of litigation from spreading across the country. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Climate Shakedown Flops," 29 June 2018 Any sign of nits or live lice and a child may not participate in any camp activities, potentially forfeiting both the hefty camp fee and his or her parents’ sanity. Kate Darnton, BostonGlobe.com, "Why do Americans freak out over lice?," 17 Mar. 2018 Oklahoma at Texas Saturday, 6:15 p.m. ET, ESPN Even by the standards of the sport that added the term March Madness to the lexicon, the Big 12 season thus far has produced a whole new level of sanity-challenging results. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Big 12 showdowns top what we are watching this weekend in college basketball," 2 Feb. 2018 Because Netflix might not be able to offer its sweet, time-wasting relief for those people, here are some ways to maintain sanity without power. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "Phoenix monsoon storms: Best things to do when the power goes out," 10 July 2018 As a mother who has breastfed but has also been grateful for the life- and career- and sanity-saving ability of formula, tracing out the implications of the story left me in something of a muddle. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Donald Trump Tweets About Breastfeeding—But Misses the Whole Point," 10 July 2018 In a lawsuit, the Life Legal Defense Foundation contends the law lacks safeguards to guarantee reliable determinations of sanity and terminal illness and can be exploited by greedy relatives. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "California’s assisted-dying law reinstated three weeks after it was blocked," 15 June 2018 In the bygone days of political sanity, Miami’s bipartisan congressional delegation had the power to right immigration wrongs. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Trump is deporting Venezuelans to dictator Nicolás Maduro’s hell. This is why.," 14 June 2018 Carruthers granted the motion for evaluations on sanity and competency for Jones in all five cases. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Child killer Genene Jones to receive psychological evaluation," 30 May 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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Phrases Related to sanity

lose one's mind/sanity

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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

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san·i·ty

Legal Definition of sanity 

: the quality or state of being sane — compare insanity

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