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 Or maybe, more dramatically, his listeners saw him as an atoll of traditional sanity in a turbulent sea of postmodern madness. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Limbaugh: A Genius at Radio," 11 Feb. 2020 Al-Anon offered me a lifeline of sanity and serenity that had eroded through years of living with an alcoholic. oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Readers recommend Al-Anon for husband struggling with wife’s drinking problem," 28 Jan. 2020 This prepared it to weather the challenges of a future in which sanity and reasoned restraint in public policy and discourse now seem to have been thrown to the winds. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Paul Volcker — the right man for his times," 15 Dec. 2019 On Monday afternoon, after hearing from witnesses, the panel convened to deliberate the sanity issue. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "War veteran who said nanobots compelled him to kill stranger found legally sane," 24 Sep. 2019 Those who have made gun sanity a consuming cause can only weep at these events. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "After El Paso and Dayton, Three Ways to Think About Mass Shootings," 6 Aug. 2019 The Air Force said the judge in Brice’s case ordered him examined by a sanity board. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Airman convicted in child sex case dies in jail cell in San Antonio," 9 Dec. 2019 Ryan Lowe sought sanity from the mess at Bury, and consequently moved down a division, to take the reins at Plymouth Argyle. SI.com, "Football League: Preview of the 2019/20 Championship, League One & League Two Season," 2 Aug. 2019 Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which the gaslighter uses misdirection, contradiction and deceit to make his target question his memory, perceptions and even sanity. Anchorage Daily News, "His new assistant seemed so helpful and proactive. Was he being ‘gaslighted’?," 17 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sanity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanity. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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sanity

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How to pronounce sanity (audio)

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

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Legal Definition of sanity

: the quality or state of being sane — compare insanity

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