sanity


sanity
san|i|ty [ `sænəti ] noun uncount
1. ) the ability to think and speak in a reasonable way and to behave normally:
doubt your sanity (=think you may be mentally ill): I was beginning to doubt my own sanity.
keep/lose your sanity (=remain/not remain in good mental health): Poulton knew that if he wanted to keep his sanity he would have to escape.
2. ) behavior that is reasonable or that people expect:
The manager had tried hard to bring sanity to the situation.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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