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Reasonable understanding; sound mind; possessing mental faculties that are capable of distinguishing right from wrong so as to bear legal responsibility for one's actions.
sanitynoun balance, clear thinking, comprehension, health of mind, healthy mind, lucidity, mental balance, mental equilibrium, mental health, normalcy, normality, rationality, reason, saneness, sense, sensibleness, sound underrtanding, soundmindedness, soundness, understanding
Associated concepts: competency hearing, presumption of sanity
See also: reason
SANITY, med. jur. The state of a person who has a sound understanding; the
reverse of insanity.
2. The sanity of an individual is always presumed. 5 John. R. 144; 1 Pet. R. 163; 1 Hen. & M. 476; 4. Cowen, R. 207; 4 W. C. C. R. 262. See 9 Conn. 102; 9 Mass. 225; 3 Mass. 336 1 Mass. 71; 8 Mass. 371; 8 Greenl. 42; 15 John. 503; 4 Pick. 32.