sanity


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Sanity

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.

sanity

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.

References in classic literature ?
We dress our garden, eat our dinners, discuss the household with our wives, and these things make no impression, are forgotten next week; but, in the solitude to which every man is always returning, he has a sanity and revelations which in his passage into new worlds he will carry with him.
Sometimes, having exhausted our supply of wild meat and emptied our casks, we were days without food or drink; then a water-hole or a shallow pool in the bottom of an arroyo so restored our strength and sanity that we were able to shoot some of the wild animals that sought it also.
I believe it his duty to endeavor to restore health and sanity, if there is any hope whatever of it.
There was no clearness or sanity in them--nothing but the terrific rage of a madman.
An apparent return to sanity on his part may lend colour to his accusations, especially if permanent.
The simplicity, the purity, the sanity of this life he felt clearly, and he was convinced he would find in it the content, the peace, and the dignity, of the lack of which he was so miserably conscious.
That restoration to sanity lasted till about a month ago, when he broke loose once more and paid his final visit here to will you the contents of his stocking.
Those words and the doubt which had just escaped me as to the sanity of the writer of the letter, acting together on my mind, suggested an idea, which I was literally afraid to express openly, or even to encourage secretly.
Neither was it rendered more favourable to sanity by Flora's dashing into a rapid analysis of Mr Flintwinch's cravat, and describing him, without the lightest boundary line of separation between his identity and Mrs Clennam's, as a rusty screw in gaiters.
One of the prisoners, Grigoryev, went mad as soon as he was untied, and never regained his sanity.
I love SANITY because it provides you with strength and balance no matter what experiences you are having.
The step towards sanity consists of the fact that regulated activity no longer includes health care delivered by a person who is not a registrant.