sanity

noun

san·​i·​ty ˈsa-nə-tē How to pronounce sanity (audio)
: the quality or state of being sane
especially : soundness or health of mind

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.
Recent Examples on the Web He is vilified by society and tried by a criminal justice system that tests his sanity and the bonds of his family. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 Mar. 2024 Save money – and your sanity – at these all-inclusive resorts The views and opinions expressed in this column are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of USA TODAY. Beth Luberecki, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 Use your intellect and intuition to bring about the changes that affirm your sanity and encourage you to take better care of yourself and what’s important to you. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 11 Mar. 2024 Based on author Craig Johnson's mystery novels, Longmire (which ran from 2012-2017) is about a widowed sheriff in small-town Wyoming who's trying to maintain his sanity while keeping the peace. Emily Blackwood, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2024 This is the only way to keep the peace and your sanity. Georgia Nicols, The Denver Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Their sanity is always in question and brings into question Batman’s own. Josh Weiss, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Haunting visions and ominous clues leave no one’s sanity untested. Alida Becker, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Thankfully, both sanity and the rule of law prevailed. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English sanite, from Anglo-French sanité, from Latin sanitat-, sanitas health, sanity, from sanus healthy, sane

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sanity was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near sanity

Cite this Entry

“Sanity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanity. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sanity

noun
san·​i·​ty ˈsan-ət-ē How to pronounce sanity (audio)
: the quality or state of being sane

Medical Definition

sanity

noun
san·​i·​ty ˈsan-ət-ē How to pronounce sanity (audio)
plural sanities
: the quality or state of being sane
especially : soundness or health of mind

Legal Definition

sanity

noun
san·​i·​ty
: the quality or state of being sane compare insanity

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