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 Having the kids home for remote learning – whether full-time or part-time – can put a strain on your space (and your sanity). Dallas News, "Get your students ‘home school’ ready," 6 Sep. 2020 And 24 weeks into unemployment, Garten is still helping Slack keep his sanity. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Ina Garten inspired coronavirus cookbook challenge for one San Antonio man," 2 Sep. 2020 Here is the link to a very pertinent essay on birds preserving our sanity during the pandemic. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Birds are keeping us sane," 31 Aug. 2020 Still, there's no need to lose your sanity over the yellow and black insect. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "No, murder hornets have not made their way to Texas, TPW says," 25 Aug. 2020 From there, the narrative spirals downward through fringes of sanity into darkness and does not bottom out with understanding. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "'Lunatic hiding in plain sight': The bitter tale of a woman-hating lawyer who killed a rival and a judge's son," 1 Aug. 2020 Slowly, outdoor activities were encouraged and became a source of sanity for many Californians. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "When is it OK to go outside if it’s smoky in the Bay Area? How to assess your air quality risk," 26 Aug. 2020 Which is why fall contact sports should have been called off by now, to save them from emotions stretched thin through a process that already stretches the bounds of sanity. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: High school student-athletes being dragged through the mud of hope and disillusion," 25 Aug. 2020 Biden’s promise goes well beyond the notion of having a competent leader at America’s tiller, or a prevailing wind of sanity and humanity blowing o’er the land. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Joe Biden Has Found His Big Idea," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sanity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanity. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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sanity

noun
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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san·​i·​ty

Legal Definition of sanity

: the quality or state of being sane — compare insanity

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