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1. Careful or wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense: a prudent manager of money.
2. Characterized by or resulting from care or wisdom in practical matters or in planning for the future: a prudent investment.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prūdēns, prūdent-, contraction of prōvidēns, present participle of prōvidēre, to provide for; see provide.]

pru′dence (pro͞od′ns) n.
pru′dent·ly adv.


1. caution in practical affairs; discretion or circumspection
2. care taken in the management of one's resources
3. consideration for one's own interests
4. the condition or quality of being prudent


(ˈprud ns)

1. the quality or fact of being prudent.
2. wisdom with regard to practical matters.
3. cautiousness; circumspection.
4. provident care in the management of resources; economy.


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prudence - discretion in practical affairs
natural virtue - (scholasticism) one of the four virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) derived from nature
discernment, discretion - the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment"
providence - the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources
frugality, frugalness - prudence in avoiding waste
imprudence - a lack of caution in practical affairs
2.prudence - knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; "the servants showed great tact and discretion"
sagaciousness, sagacity, discernment, judgement, judgment - the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
confidentiality - discretion in keeping secret information


1. caution, care, discretion, vigilance, wariness, circumspection, canniness, heedfulness He urged prudence rather than haste on any new resolution.
2. wisdom, common sense, good sense, good judgment, sagacity, judiciousness acting with prudence and judgement
3. thrift, economy, planning, saving, precaution, foresight, providence, preparedness, good management, husbandry, frugality, forethought, economizing, far-sightedness, careful budgeting A lack of prudence may lead to financial problems.
"I would rather worry without need than live without heed" [Beaumarchais The Barber of Seville]
"Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity" [William Blake Proverbs of Hell]
"Take care of the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves"
"A stitch in time saves nine"
"Waste not, want not"


1. The exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters:
2. Careful use of material resources:
تَعَقُّل، تَبَصُّر، حِكْمَه، حَصافَه
skynsemi, fyrirhyggja


[ˈpruːdəns] Nprudencia f


[ˈpruːdəns] nprudence f


n (of person)Umsicht f; (of measure, action, decision)Klugheit f; (of answer)Überlegtheit f; simple prudence should have made you stopder gesunde Menschenverstand hätte Sie davon abbringen müssen


[ˈpruːdns] nprudenza


(ˈpruːdənt) adjective
wise and careful. a prudent person/attitude.
ˈprudently adverb
ˈprudence noun
wisdom and caution.
References in classic literature ?
Resolutions, reticences, prudences, fears, fell back like a defeated battalion.
More than one critic mentioned Prudences debt to Ian McEwan, whose tragic plots often stem from small mistakes.
Chapters alternate between multiple viewpoints to explore this accident and its aftermath--including Prudence, a quiet, enigmatic girl, who is found dead above a bar in small-town Minnesota a decade later, the scene that opens the novel about race, sex, and class.