prudence

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

pru·dence

noun \ˈprü-dən(t)s\

: careful good judgment that allows someone to avoid danger or risks

Full Definition of PRUDENCE

1
:  the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason
2
:  sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs
3
:  skill and good judgment in the use of resources
4
:  caution or circumspection as to danger or risk

Examples of PRUDENCE

  1. He always exercises prudence with his finances.
  2. <advised to use some old-fashioned prudence when agreeing to meet face-to-face with an online acquaintance>

Origin of PRUDENCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin prudentia, alteration of providentia — more at providence
First Known Use: 14th century

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