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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.


noun 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.

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Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay of execution for Charles Singleton, saying his medically induced sanity makes him eligible for execution.
They're also the ones who make you question the sanity of the male race.