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. He always listened to her prudent advice.
  2. You made a prudent choice.
  3. 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

Rhymes with PRUDENT


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