adjective, san·er, san·est.

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 formssane·ly, adverbsane·ness, nounnon·sane, adjectivenon·sane·ly, adverbnon·sane·ness, noun
Can be confusedsane Seine

Synonyms for sane

2. reasonable, sensible, judicious, level-headed. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saner

Contemporary Examples of saner

Historical Examples of saner

  • But the saner men among them saw that, as usual, Mazzini had 184 underrated the danger.

  • A saner politician would have been silent on the minor question.

  • He took his daily shower bath, and he felt himself stronger and saner.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • So prudent was he, that of his saner matrimonial project the world in general took no note.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair

  • But was there no saner way of teaching him the lesson of patience?

    The Bible Unveiled

    M. M. Mangasarian

British Dictionary definitions for saner



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

Word Origin for sane

C17: from Latin sānus healthy
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Word Origin and History for saner



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for saner




Of sound mind; mentally healthy.
Related formssaneness n.
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