saner; sanest
1
: proceeding from a sound mind : rational
2
: mentally sound
especially : able to anticipate and appraise the effect of one's actions
3
: healthy in body
sanely adverb
saneness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for sane

wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment.

wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them.

wise beyond his tender years

sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom.

the sage advice of my father

sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment.

the sapient musings of an old philosopher

judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions.

judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure

prudent suggests the exercise of restraint guided by sound practical wisdom and discretion.

a prudent decision to wait out the storm

sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality.

a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery

sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness.

remained sane even in times of crises

Examples of sane in a Sentence

No sane person could do something so horrible. Leaving was the only sane option she had.
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Word History

Etymology

Latin sanus healthy, sane

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sane was in 1628

Dictionary Entries Near sane

Cite this Entry

“Sane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sane. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sane

adjective
saner; sanest
1
: mentally sound and healthy
2
: proceeding from a sound mind : rational, sensible
sanely adverb
saneness noun

Medical Definition

sane

adjective
saner; sanest
1
: free from hurt or disease : healthy
2
: mentally sound
especially : able to anticipate and appraise the effect of one's actions
3
: proceeding from a sound mind
sane behavior
sanely adverb

Legal Definition

sane

adjective
: mentally sound
specifically : able to understand one's actions and distinguish right from wrong

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