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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

Synonyms for sane

2. reasonable, sensible, judicious, level-headed.
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Examples from the Web for sanest

Contemporary Examples of sanest

Historical Examples of sanest

  • His daughter, who seemed to be the sanest one in the lot, run and shut the door.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

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

    The Street That Wasn't There

    Clifford Donald Simak

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

    Suspended Judgments

    John Cowper Powys

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

    Visions and Revisions

    John Cowper Powys

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

    Fernley House

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for sanest


  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 for sane

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



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


  1. Of sound mind; mentally healthy.
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Related formssaneness n.
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