- free from mental derangement; having a sound, healthy mind: a sane person.
- having or showing reason, sound judgment, or good sense: sane advice.
- sound; healthy.
Origin of sane
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- a private nationwide organization in the U.S., established in 1957, that opposes nuclear testing and advocates international peace.
Origin of SANE
Examples from the Web for sane
But you wonder how even the sane keep from losing their minds when you step into a cell—or rather a cage—at Graterford.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
And so, like any sane male, I let “it grow”, five days maybe six or seven.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point
September 22, 2014
But will marriage to this ‘nice guy’ and a new baby be enough to keep Charlene sane – or make her happy – in Monaco?Princess Charlene's Monaco Nightmare
September 15, 2014
The mad tend to crave it, many of the sane crave it, but the wise worry about its long-term side effects.David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks’ Is Fun But Mostly Empty Calories
September 14, 2014
But sometimes a sense of humor is the only thing that can keep you sane.New NSA Bombshell Proves ‘Muslim’ Equals ‘Suspicious’ in America
July 9, 2014
"They're the only sane folks I've met among your friends," he had told his grandson.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
In his sane moments he did not care a fig for anybody's birthday.Viviette
William J. Locke
In company with my friend I set off for an al-fresco breakfast on the banks of the Sane.The Roof of France
A sane and sensible wave seemed to be sweeping the whole country.Her Father's Daughter
Lunatics, she knew, could be quelled by the calm gaze of the sane human eye.The Incomplete Amorist
- sound in mind; free from mental disturbance
- having or showing reason, good judgment, or sound sense
- obsolete healthy
Word Origin and History for sane
1721, back-formation from sanity or else from Latin sanus "sound, healthy," in figurative or transferred use, "of sound mind, rational, sane," also, of style, "correct;" of uncertain origin. Used earlier, of the body, with the sense of "healthy" (1620s). Related: Sanely.
- Of sound mind; mentally healthy.