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[san-i-tee] /ˈsæn ɪ ti/
the state of being sane; soundness of mind.
soundness of judgment.
Origin of sanity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English sanite < Latin sānitās. See sane, -ity
Related forms
nonsanity, noun
supersanity, noun
unsanity, noun
2. reason, rationality, sensibleness, reasonableness. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sanity
  • No question would seem harder to settle than the sanity or insanity of our fellows.
  • Maybe your workout routine continued to preserve your sanity through the calendar's ups and downs.
  • Both sides need an energetic push from outside to make the leap to sanity.
  • Concentrating on the pictures instead of the equipment is the path to sanity here.
  • It's a relief to see there still exists some sanity with folks around these forums.
  • The estrogen patch saved my sanity and returned my life to normal.
  • But it would be a modest step in the direction of restoring sanity.
  • Therefore the moments before he died were the only moments of sanity in his wasted life.
  • Thanks for adding a voice of sanity to the nuclear discussion.
  • They're happy to destroy your sanity and sap your patience.
British Dictionary definitions for sanity


the state of being sane
good sense or soundness of judgment
Word Origin
C15: from Latin sānitās health, from sānus healthy
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Word Origin and History for sanity

early 15c., "healthy condition," from Middle French sanité "health," from Latin sanitatem (nominative sanitas) "health, sanity," from sanus "healthy; sane" (see sane). Meaning "soundness of mind" first attested c.1600.

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sanity in Medicine

sanity san·i·ty (sān'ĭ-tē)

  1. The quality or condition of being sane; soundness of mind.

  2. Soundness of judgment or reason.

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