prudence

noun
pru·​dence | \ ˈprü-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce prudence (audio) \

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

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Examples of prudence in a Sentence

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

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But his Whiggish commitment to liberal politics—the kind that combines duty, restraint and prudence with orderly government—need not be judged naive or passé. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Lansdowne’ Review: Noble Aspirations," 26 Dec. 2018 Inexplicable market squalls can, however, provide valuable lessons in prudence. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Stock-Market Volatility Can Be Good for the Economy," 24 Dec. 2018 But prudence was rewarded months later with the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "The Courage of George H.W. Bush: Avoiding the Easy Path," 3 Dec. 2018 And when her parents preached the gospel of frugality and prudence, young Amy listened. Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, "Amy Hargreaves’s Zen Moment," 12 June 2018 His fiscal prudence is questionable in view of his dismal vote ratings from pro-growth groups and the spending and deficit record of the Democratic Party during his 15 years in the House. WSJ, "Democrats’ Stealthy Push for Open Borders," 20 Nov. 2018 India Budget Balancing Act Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a tough balancing act in Thursday’s budget: maintaining fiscal prudence or handing out cash to placate rural voters ahead of next year’s election. Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 31 Jan. 2018 It is said that speed kills, but that prudence and a will to survive can dissuade the Grim Reaper from doing his thing. latimes.com, "Immigrants want what we have: the American Dream," 12 July 2018 Don’t let your emotions get in the way of prudence. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "401(k) investors: Follow the 5% rule to protect your retirement savings," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of prudence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prudence

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin prudentia, alteration of providentia — more at providence

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prudence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prudence

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

prudence

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pru·​dence | \ ˈprü-dᵊns How to pronounce prudence (audio) \

Kids Definition of prudence

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

prudence

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pru·​dence | \ ˈprüd-ᵊns How to pronounce prudence (audio) \

Legal Definition of prudence

: attentiveness to possible hazard : caution or circumspection as to danger or risk a person of ordinary prudence

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