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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.

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

    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. Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote de la Mancha:

    When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical may be madness. To surrender dreams, this may be madness. To seek treasures where there is only trash...Too much sanity may be madness, and maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.

  2. Jorge Arreaza:

    We can only hope that sanity and good sense prevail in Cucuta, in Colombia, and that it will remain as a big show, a bit party, and that they dont try to open the doors to a military intervention.

  3. Photographer Aun Raza:

    But the supposed insanity that is labeled on them is not any worse than the sanity outside.

  4. Georges Bataille:

    Sanity is the lot of those who are most obtuse, for lucidity destroys one's equilibrium: it is unhealthy to honestly endure the labors of the mind which incessantly contradict what they have just established.

  5. Mark Twain:

    Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.

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