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sane

[seyn] /seɪn/
adjective, saner, sanest.
1.
free from mental derangement; having a sound, healthy mind:
a sane person.
2.
having or showing reason, sound judgment, or good sense:
sane advice.
3.
sound; healthy.
Origin of sane
1620-1630
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.
Synonyms
2. reasonable, sensible, judicious, level-headed.
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  • His daughter, who seemed to be the sanest one in the lot, run and shut the door.

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  • He knew that he perhaps was the sanest of all men who walked the earth.

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  • I am inclined to regard it as the sanest of all human moods.

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  • He is the sanest of all the great writers; perhaps the only sane one.

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  • She is one of the sanest persons I have ever known, it seems to me.

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  • I have always regarded you as one of the sanest and best-bred women I know.

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  • He had somehow begun to appear to me the sanest of advisers.

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  • This was her sanest friendship; the correspondence proves it.

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  • Armathwaite was at his wits end to decide on the sanest course.

British Dictionary definitions for sanest

sane

/seɪn/
adjective
1.
sound in mind; free from mental disturbance
2.
having or showing reason, good judgment, or sound sense
3.
(obsolete) healthy
Derived Forms
sanely, adverb
saneness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sānus healthy
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Word Origin and History for sanest

sane

adj.

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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sanest in Medicine

sane (sān)
adj.
Of sound mind; mentally healthy.


sane'ness n.
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