|—n , pl -ties|
|1.||relatively permanent disorder of the mind; state or condition of being insane|
|2.||law a defect of reason as a result of mental illness, such that a defendant does not know what he or she is doing or that it is wrong|
|3.||utter folly; stupidity|
insanity in·san·i·ty (ĭn-sān'ĭ-tē)
Persistent mental disorder or derangement.
Unsoundness of mind sufficient in the judgment of a civil court to render a person unfit to maintain a contractual or other legal relationship or to warrant commitment to a mental health facility.
In most criminal jurisdictions, a degree of mental malfunctioning considered to be sufficient to relieve the accused of legal responsibility for the act committed.