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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.

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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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That did not happen, and when the Bundesliga club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was questioned about the failure to land Sane, he hinted that the problem was financial.
Professor Fink is the German FA's go-to surgeon - and former Schalke star Sane is determined to do whatever it takes to prove to national boss Joachim Low he will be ready for next summer's Euros.
City later confirmed Sane had opted for surgery by Professor Fink, who works with the Germany national team.
Yet while Bayern failed to make any contact with City, they opened negotiations behind the scenes with Sane's representatives.
Earlier this week, star striker Robert Lewandowski publicly called on the club to sign three new players.The Sane transfer had looked close to completion, with Kicker reporting last week that terms had been agreed on a Sh11.6 billion (100-million-euro) deal.
Bayern are on the look-out for wingers following the departures of arjen robben and Franck ribery, but club president Uli Hoeness has already admitted a deal for Sane is unlikely because of the amount of money it will take to prise him from City.
Yet Sane, who joined from Schalke three years ago for PS37 million, is clearly still part of Pep Guardiola's plans going forward and City hope to be able to convince the player to commit his long-term future to the club.
Sane is one of just three men to have delivered both 10 or more goals and 10 or more assists in the Premier League this season.
Sane needs to keep doing the business because competition for wide attacking berths is intense with himself, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden in contention.
Three days after Makisig hurled personal insults towards Sane, the "Daredevil" responded by uploading a video of his own.
Sane had come on as an 83rd-minute substitute during Germany's goalless draw with World Cup champions France in the Nations League opener on Thursday evening.
Sane, who was not selected in the Germany World Cup squad, had featured in City's four previous matches this season, although his only start, in the Community Shield, saw him hauled off at half-time.