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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. normal or sound powers of mind


Middle English sanite, health, from Old French, from Latin sānitās, from sānus, healthy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin sānitas, from sānus ("healthy") + -itās ("-ity"). See sane, -ity (Wiktionary)


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


  • 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.


  • 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 ....


  • It may be rude, but fuck it, my sanity is at stake.

    Exceeding the Waving Limit « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog

  • It looked like the builders had struggled to maintain sanity, or that the backlash had pushed at them harder in some spots than in others.

    Backlash « A Fly in Amber

  • Maybe focusing on long term fiscal sanity is a better idea than going bonkers with debt financed Keynesian “stimulus” that is nothing but relabeled Reagan supply side bullshit.

    Matthew Yglesias » Flashback: 1993

  • "And then little Howard enters the hideous cave and encounters the blasphemous monstrosity of unspeakable horror where his sanity is destroyed and his insignificant place among the cosmos is finally revealed -- but you don't have to take my word for it!"

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Nothing less than survival, or sanity, is usually at stake.

    Master or Tyrant? « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Are partisan pundits, tea partiers, leftist activists, members of the House, and architects of GOP politics all equally lacking in sanity?

    Rizvi Qureshi: Against Jon Stewart: Restoring Sanity or Restoring Spectatorship?


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  • 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

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

    February 19, 2008