adjective pru·dent \ˈprü-dənt\

: having or showing careful good judgment

Full Definition of PRUDENT

:  characterized by, arising from, or showing prudence: as
a :  marked by wisdom or judiciousness <prudent advice>
b :  shrewd in the management of practical affairs <prudent investors>
c :  marked by circumspection :  discreet
d :  provident, frugal
pru·dent·ly adverb

Examples of PRUDENT

  1. An endless war is not always the most moral or the most prudent course of action. —Richard A. Posner, New Republic, 2 Sept. 2002

Origin of PRUDENT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin prudent-, prudens, contraction of provident-, providens — more at provident
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PRUDENT

wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them <wise beyond his tender years>. sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom <the sage advice of my father>. sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment <the sapient musings of an old philosopher>. judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions <judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure>. prudent suggests exercise of the restraint of sound practical wisdom and discretion <a prudent decision to wait out the storm>. sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality <a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery>. sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness <remained sane even in times of crises>.

Rhymes with PRUDENT

PRUDENT Defined for Kids


adjective pru·dent \ˈprü-dənt\

Definition of PRUDENT for Kids

:  wise and careful in action or judgment
pru·dent·ly adverb


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