One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative Having full control of one's mind.‘are you sure he was totally compos mentis?’
sensible, well adjusted, reasonable, rational, level-headed, sound, practical, discerning, logical, able to think clearly, lucid, clear-headed, coherentView synonyms
- ‘Even though anyone still living who saw them play is probably not adequately compos mentis to remember the occasion.’
Early 17th century: Latin.
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