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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.


 of vicars: vicars collectivelyBk. of St. Albans, 1486.
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 ?
After all the others had gathered round the card-tables and young Duval had been warned by Prudence, Marguerite descended the staircase with Varville; such a cloak, such a fan, such jewels--and her face
Though we are not in danger, common prudence would teach us to journey through this wilderness in as quiet a manner as possible.
His pockets were full of miscellaneous articles of attraction, which he had hoarded in days of old for his master's children, and which he now produced, with commendable prudence and economy, one by one, as overtures for acquaintance and friendship.
We have escaped divers dangers by wit -- thy wit -- but I have bethought me that it were but prudence if I bore a weapon, too.
The Emperor was surprised at this bold proposal, however it appeared the wisest to him; 'You are a knave he replied after a moment's consideration, however your advice is good, and displays prudence, as your offense shows adventurous courage.
Tom did not disturb her; he sometimes lacked prudence, but it was not in circumstances of this kind, Roxana's storm went gradually down, but it died hard, and even when it seemed to be quite gone, it would now and then break out in a distant rumble, so to speak, in the form of muttered ejaculations.
I therefore, though with great prudence, commenced early to ascertain their views and feelings in regard to their condition, and to imbue their minds with thoughts of freedom.
Knightley saw no such passion, and of course thought nothing of its effects; but she saw too much of it to feel a doubt of its overcoming any hesitations that a reasonable prudence might originally suggest; and more than a reasonable, becoming degree of prudence, she was very sure did not belong to Mr.
But she could hear of no situation that at once answered her notions of comfort and ease, and suited the prudence of her eldest daughter, whose steadier judgment rejected several houses as too large for their income, which her mother would have approved.
Had Grace been young and handsome, I should have been tempted to think that tenderer feelings than prudence or fear influenced Mr.
I just hope, I pray, that he may forget his diabolical prudence and kill me
If you come to prudence and that sort of thing -- why shouldn't Magdalen do what Miss Marrable does?