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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Eliminating a few steps in the process would be ideal for everyone's sanity—and would simultaneously tack on a few more minutes of valuable sleep time. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These Top Sheets Snap to Your Duvet, So You Never Get Tangled Up in Bed Again," 22 Feb. 2019 But now the House reformers who put food-stamp sanity over fixing farm subsidies may end up with neither. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The GOP’s Food-Stamp Failure," 9 Dec. 2018 So step away from Dora the Explorer—for your sanity—and connect with other moms that know the struggle. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Redbook, "How to Lose Over 100 Pounds With Your Kid's Stroller," 8 June 2015 But using these formulations as a litmus test for good behavior seems the only way back to sanity and civility. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Kant in Kindergarten Could Ease the Civility Crisis," 28 Dec. 2018 To be clear, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are a particularly inexcusable, skin-crawling, face-punching kind of awful that demands valuing your personal safety and sanity above all else. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: How Can I Find Safe and Inclusive Gyms?," 23 Oct. 2018 And some of the most dramatic reports questioning Trump’s sanity and intelligence are also the shakiest. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Here are the people closest to Trump who might doubt his mental fitness," 6 Jan. 2018 Some Wall Street Democrats are hoping that former Vice President Joe Biden (D., Del.) will announce a presidential candidacy and inject a measure of economic sanity into their party’s nomination debate. James Freeman, WSJ, "Joe Biden’s Opportunity," 27 Feb. 2019 Below, 12 home items that are sure to spark joy—and sanity. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Organization, but Make it Fashion: 12 Home Items That Are Chic and Functional," 17 Jan. 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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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 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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