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sane

[seyn]
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adjective, san·er, san·est.
  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.
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Origin of sane

First recorded in 1620–30, sane is from the Latin word sānus healthy
Related formssane·ly, adverbsane·ness, nounnon·sane, adjectivenon·sane·ly, adverbnon·sane·ness, noun
Can be confusedsane Seine

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2. reasonable, sensible, judicious, level-headed.

SANE

[seyn]
noun
  1. a private nationwide organization in the U.S., established in 1957, that opposes nuclear testing and advocates international peace.
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Origin of SANE

official shortening of its by-name Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy
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Related Words

levelheadedsensiblewisenormalhealthylucidfair-mindedlogicalbalancedrationalsoberprudentintelligentcommonsensicaldiscerningfitjudiciousmoderaterightright-minded

Examples from the Web for sane

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  • "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

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • A sane and sensible wave seemed to be sweeping the whole country.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Lunatics, she knew, could be quelled by the calm gaze of the sane human eye.


British Dictionary definitions for sane

sane

adjective
  1. sound in mind; free from mental disturbance
  2. having or showing reason, good judgment, or sound sense
  3. obsolete healthy
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Derived Formssanely, adverbsaneness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin sānus healthy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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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sane in Medicine

sane

(sān)
adj.
  1. Of sound mind; mentally healthy.
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Related formssaneness n.
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