Definition of sanity in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner; sound mental health.

    ‘I began to doubt my own sanity’
    • ‘I tried to assure her of my sanity and my health in all other aspects before continuing my little tale.’
    • ‘Watching too much of this garbage can push you over the edge of sanity.’
    • ‘Olivia and Adam pray that she does not participate in it, fearing for her health and sanity.’
    • ‘Up until the time he left, he felt that his sanity was compromised as the job had lost all meaning for him.’
    • ‘For our own sanity, if nothing else, we cannot really subscribe to such a misanthropic and nihilistic worldview.’
    • ‘Many jokes centred on the relative sanity of lawyers compared to doctors.’
    • ‘It seems a stretch that a trained group of military personnel lose all sanity after only 28 days.’
    • ‘This waterfall is just the latest drop where people have questioned my sanity.’
    • ‘It's for this that I look at my friendship with Mona as an island of sanity in an otherwise crazy world.’
    • ‘The one thing that provided sanity to a whole generation growing up in the backdrop of racial tension was music.’
    • ‘Both begin to doubt their sanity and their ability to stay any closer then 100 miles away from each other.’
    • ‘There are people in there who, by some miracle, have regained their sanity.’
    • ‘On the outside, things were going well, but on the inside it was hard to maintain sanity and good personal relations.’
    • ‘She was diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder and spent eight years clawing her way back to sanity.’
    • ‘What a capacity to maintain mental sanity in spite of pain and sadness.’
    • ‘I would have doubted my own sanity at this point, if I were the doubting type.’
    • ‘However, he does admit there were times he doubted his own sanity.’
    • ‘Every week we sit and work hard, with music as our only comfort, maintaining our sanity as tempers flare.’
    • ‘As a parent, you must, for sanity's sake, put the fear of your child being abducted out of your mind most of the time.’
    • ‘Thankfully, we reached port with our innards if not our sanity intact.’
    soundness of mind, mental health, mental faculties, balance, balance of mind, stability, reason, rationality, saneness, lucidity, lucidness, sense, senses, wits, normality, right-mindedness
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    1. 1.1Reasonable and rational behaviour.
      ‘the next few years saw several appeals for sanity from top scientists’
      • ‘We have to put ecological sanity and human rights at the top of our list of priorities.’
      • ‘This would suggest that a degree of sanity and moderation may have come after the gruesome tragedy.’
      • ‘The token bit of blandness, of sanity, of charm, of reason, of niceness, of pointlessness.’
      • ‘There is no safety or security for us unless there is worldwide social justice and ecological sanity.’
      • ‘This heinous act of the murder of a little girl and the wounding of her peers go beyond the boundaries of reason and sanity.’
      • ‘The result is a matrix of sense without sense itself, mocking the devices of sanity.’
      • ‘Shaken by the horrors he saw there, he wrote this parable about the influence of political power in defining sanity.’
      • ‘Remember, turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is reality.’
      • ‘Ultimately, slowly, some sanity was restored to what was going on.’
      • ‘This initially pushed the price beyond the limits of sanity, and finally lead to the collapse of the deal.’
      • ‘Responses written on the boards are wide-ranging, however, most call for sanity and peace.’
      • ‘Perhaps it was because there was more hope of sanity prevailing in Nigeria than in Iran.’
      • ‘To see that sanity can for once prevail over the country's foremost fresh foods market should please all.’
      • ‘So it is just fair that the wings of the councillors are clipped to usher sanity in the councils and for the sake of development.’
      • ‘Both countries need more and well-equipped troops to bring sanity in the two nations.’
      • ‘If I spend too much time at home, I miss the challenges and relative sanity of work.’
      • ‘The show is a chilling indictment of what happens when sanity is equated with conformity.’
      • ‘Luckily sanity prevailed with the manager intervening and the test went on.’
      • ‘Is it recognizing the necessity of long-term fiscal sanity by keeping government spending from exceeding income?’
      sense, common sense, good sense, wisdom, prudence, judiciousness, practicality, reasonableness, rationality, soundness, sensibleness
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘health’): from Latin sanitas health, from sanus healthy. Current senses date from the early 17th century.