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

Example Sentences

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 And by the end of the movie, Nancy has been driven to the brink of sanity by fear and a chronic lack of sleep. Katie Rife, EW.com, 19 Oct. 2022 Neither pharmacology nor psychotherapy has erased our uncertainties about the fuzzy borderland of sanity and why some cross over. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 Though there was never a dull moment during the Browns offseason, there was a sense of sanity for the offensive line. Irie Harris, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2022 Chuck may have had a version of sanity, but something won out… something that maybe shouldn’t have. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 18 Aug. 2022 In the movie, a wife starts to doubt her sanity after her manipulative husband starts slowly dimming the gas lamps in their home and making other changes to their environment. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, 22 Apr. 2022 But patience and perspective are essential to sanity at times like this. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2022 The changes are as crucial to their bottom lines as to travelers’ sanity. Laura Forman, WSJ, 17 May 2022 The story follows a tug-of-war relationship between the two of them, as Mateo seeks to summit despite ghastly conditions, and Ione attempts to bring him to sanity. Justin Morgan, Variety, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 8 Dec. 2022.

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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