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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Richard Richoux and Rafael Salcedo disagreed with that assessment during the sanity hearing, Fleming said. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "JPSO deputy, retirement home resident put on 'Boogie Shoes'," 4 May 2018 Racing up to 55 miles per hour, our driver steered us inches from rocks that protruded from the shallow river and did 360-degree doughnut spins that left us drenched — and questioning his sanity. Rick Warner, BostonGlobe.com, "Trying out all the adventures Australia and New Zealand have to offer," 12 June 2018 Thankfully, there are a few genius tech hacks that can save money, time, and sanity. 1. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Tech hacks can help new entrepreneurs spend wisely from the start," 19 June 2018 Appearing Wednesday before Criminal Magistrate Judge Andrew Carruthers, Jones’ attorney Cornelius Cox sought to have her competency and sanity evaluated. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Child killer Genene Jones to receive psychological evaluation," 30 May 2018 Such a dramatic departure from fiscal sanity is reckless. Adam N. Michel, star-telegram, "Let’s make the deficit great again | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Mar. 2018 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

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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

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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