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[seyn] /seɪn/
adjective, saner, sanest.
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
First recorded in 1620-30, sane is from the Latin word sānus healthy
Related forms
sanely, adverb
saneness, noun
nonsane, adjective
nonsanely, adverb
nonsaneness, noun
Can be confused
sane, Seine.
2. reasonable, sensible, judicious, level-headed. Unabridged
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  • But why should a work planned so sanely have met with so fantastic a fate?

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • One must see it sanely even in order to see that it is insane.

  • "To be anything but decently and sanely frank about," said Jane.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Let us, therefore, keep our heads, and look at the problem calmly and sanely.

    Home Rule Harold Spender
  • She has behaved patiently and sanely through a trying crisis.

  • sanely, logically, methodically, everything had been thought out.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • He talked to her beautifully and sanely, and sent her away actually uplifted.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • I'm not morbid and we never did have any sickness—we lived too sanely for that.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • After all, looking at it sanely, it didn't amount to so very much, what she had made.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for sanely


sound in mind; free from mental disturbance
having or showing reason, good judgment, or sound sense
(obsolete) healthy
Derived Forms
sanely, adverb
saneness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sānus healthy
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Word Origin and History for sanely



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.

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sanely in Medicine

sane (sān)
Of sound mind; mentally healthy.

sane'ness n.
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