Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being sane; soundness of mind.
  • noun Soundness of judgment or reason.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being sane; soundness of mind; saneness. See insanity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition or quality of being sane; soundness of health of body or mind, especially of the mind; saneness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The condition of being sane.
  • noun Reasonable and rational behaviour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun normal or sound powers of mind

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English sanite, health, from Old French, from Latin sānitās, from sānus, healthy.]

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Latin sānitas, from sānus ("healthy") + -itās ("-ity"). See sane, -ity

Examples

  • Maybe it seems silly, but if your life or your sanity is at risk, it's not a bad idea.

    Problems…

  • Now when he was misusing his authority to browbeat me into what he termed sanity, I found comfort in recalling that after all he had once in a moment of forgetfulness confessed to having a home at Mentone Park, with a wife and four daughters of whose accomplishments he spoke almost with boasting.

    David Malcolm

  • And that unknown means Owen is facing her new pregnancy with as much fear as joy, repeating what she calls sanity sonograms for reassurance that this baby''s still fine ....

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  • And that unknown means Owen is facing her new pregnancy with as much fear as joy, repeating what she calls sanity sonograms for reassurance that this baby's still fine.

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  • And that unknown means Owen is facing her new pregnancy with as much fear as joy, repeating what she calls sanity sonograms for reassurance that this baby's still fine.

    KSL / U.S. / National

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  • 'Sanity is madness put to good use.' -attributed to George Santayana

    February 19, 2008

  • Sanità, in Italian, is the health board.

    A few years ago, the Italian Health Board launched a new product, a card with a microchip containing the user's data about immunization status, allergies, blood type, etc. In an attempt to sound more international, this card was named Sanity Card.

    (In case you don't believe me)

    April 15, 2009