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in·sane

(in-sān'), This is a legal term referring to mental incompetence and moral irresponsibility but having no specific medical meaning.
1. Of unsound mind; severely mentally impaired; deranged; crazy.
2. Relating to insanity.
[L. in- neg. + sanus, sound, sane]

insane

[insān′]
Etymology: L, in, not, sanus, sound
a legal term describing unsound, diseased, or deranged mental functioning, particularly as it pertains to a person who is unable to provide adequate self-care if there is a need to protect the patient and the public from each other. In the United States the precise definition of this legal term varies from state to state.
Referring to unsoundness of mind; non compos mentis

insane

adjective Referring to unsoundness of mind; non compos mentis, dangerously fruity or nutty. See Insanity.

in·sane

(in-sān')
1. Of unsound mind; severely mentally impaired; deranged.
2. Relating to insanity.
[L. in- neg. + sanus, sound, sane]
References in classic literature ?
In my opinion, she is the subject of an insane delusion.
Spenlow went home without me (I had had an insane hope that he might take me back again), as if I were a mariner myself, and the ship to which I belonged had sailed away and left me on a desert island; I shall make no fruitless effort to describe.
In his lay capacity, he persisted in sitting down in the damp to such an insane extent, that when his coat was taken off to be dried at the kitchen fire, the circumstantial evidence on his trousers would have hanged him if it had been a capital offence.
I married in an insane fit of belief that I had a share of the natural affection which carries other men through lifetimes of matrimony.
He next sent letters to all the kings who had sued for the princess's hand, begging they would think of her no longer, as she was quite insane, and he desired his various envoys to make it known that anyone who could cure her should have her to wife.
On the contrary, by granting life to those papers, let the cruelty of Marcela live for ever, to serve as a warning in ages to come to all men to shun and avoid falling into like danger; or I and all of us who have come here know already the story of this your love-stricken and heart-broken friend, and we know, too, your friendship, and the cause of his death, and the directions he gave at the close of his life; from which sad story may be gathered how great was the cruelty of Marcela, the love of Chrysostom, and the loyalty of your friendship, together with the end awaiting those who pursue rashly the path that insane passion opens to their eyes.
My poor niece became insane," continued the physician, after a few moment's silence.
You know that often it has necessitated a stern struggle on your part to resist the almost insane desire which occasionally overwhelms you to plunge once again into the jungle life that claimed you for so many years, and at the same time you know, better than any other, how frightful a fate it would be for Jack, were the trail to the savage jungle made either alluring or easy to him.
Oh, well, then he was insane, as he had long believed.
I am beginning to wonder if my long habit of life amongst the insane is beginning to tell upon my own brain.
Slowly I began to realise the complete overthrow of his intelligence, to perceive that my sole com- panion in this close and sickly darkness was a man insane.
And, moreover, my dear duke," continued the minister of police, "we are almost assured that, in a very short time, the usurper will be insane.