What does sanity mean?

Definitions for sanity
ˈsæn ɪ tisan·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sanity, sanenessnoun

    normal or sound powers of mind


  1. sanitynoun

    The condition of being sane.

  2. sanitynoun

    Reasonable and rational behaviour.

  3. Etymology: sanitas, from sanus + -itas. See sane, -ity

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sanitynoun

    Soundness of mind.

    Etymology: sanitas, Latin.

    How pregnant, sometimes, his replies are?
    A happiness that often madness hits on,
    Which sanity and reason could not be
    So prosp’rously delivered of. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.


  1. Sanity

    Sanity is Killing Jokes second single from their sixth studio album, Brighter Than a Thousand Suns. It was released on 30 October 1986. The single peaked at No. 70 in the UK Singles chart.


  1. sanity

    Sanity can be broadly defined as a state of mental health and rationality where an individual is able to think, behave, and perceive reality in a stable and coherent manner, adhering to societal norms and values. It involves having a sound and balanced mind without significant impairments or distortions in reasoning, judgment, and understanding. Sanity encompasses the ability to differentiate between what is real and imaginary, to respond appropriately to various situations, and to make logical decisions based on objective observations and evidence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanitynoun

    the condition or quality of being sane; soundness of health of body or mind, especially of the mind; saneness

  2. Etymology: [L. sanitas, from sanus sound, healthy. See Sane.]


  1. Sanity

    Sanity refers to the soundness, rationality and healthiness of the human mind, as opposed to insanity. A person is sane if he/she is rational. In modern society, the terms have become exclusively synonymous with compos mentis, in contrast with non compos mentis, or insane, meaning troubled conscience.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sanity

    san′i-ti, n. state of being sane: soundness of mind or body. [L. sanitassanus, sane.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. sanity

    The ability to do team-work.

Editors Contribution

  1. sanity

    In nursing school. In our psychology nursing book. There was a quote and I do not remember who said it. But it's the best definition I've ever heard. Sanity or saneness is ones commitment to living with reality .

    Submitted by luannerene on September 23, 2022  

  2. sanity

    The quality and fact of being sane.

    Sanity is gratefully valued and we choose for everyone to have it.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 24, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanity in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sanity in a Sentence

  1. Hendrik Leber:

    From the outside the whole process looks chaotic. Every American must doubt the sanity of the European decision-making processes, strict rules are broken. The biggest sinner gets the biggest attention. A multitude of voices.

  2. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be

  3. Jay Sammons:

    If that really aggressive leverage package is available, it really takes only one buyer to use it, to come in aggressively and top everybody by paying more for a business that is probably not worth it, the bright side of (the guidance) is that it puts a little bit of sanity back into the competitive landscape.

  4. George Santayana:

    Sanity is a madness put to good use.

  5. Photographer Aun Raza:

    They are seen as lesser beings, but the supposed insanity that is labeled on them is not any worse than the sanity outside.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. ostensive
    • B. commensal
    • C. usurious
    • D. lacerate

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