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
Recent Examples on the Web Italy's health minister, Roberto Speranza, welcomed the resumption of the vaccine trial, but warned that prudence was still necessary. CBS News, "Oxford's COVID vaccine trial "back up and running" after brief pause for safety check," 14 Sep. 2020 Italy’s health minister, Roberto Speranza, welcomed the resumption of the vaccine trial, but warned that prudence was still necessary. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "Oxford and AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial," 12 Sep. 2020 One measure is when pharmaceutical manufacturers become the voice of caution and prudence about when new vaccines should be released to the public. J. Russell Teagarden, STAT, "‘Hell has frozen over’: The pharmaceutical industry stands in for a politically impaired FDA," 10 Sep. 2020 And the Blake shooting has raised a host of other questions, including why the officer felt the need to shoot him seven times in the back at close range, and the prudence of police opening fire with children nearby. Star Tribune, "Were they a threat? Police shootings reignite legal debate," 29 Aug. 2020 There is good reason to be cautious about the safety of a new vaccine, but that need for prudence is why the top contenders are currently conducting large-scale clinical trials in tens of thousands of people to determine safety and efficacy. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Nine COVID-19 Myths That Just Won't Go Away," 18 Aug. 2020 Having earlier in the night been locked into a No. 4-No. 5 best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, by virtue of a Pacers victory over the Houston Rockets, Spoelstra preached prudence pregame. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "With playoff place locked in, Heat rest starters, lose Crowder, fall 116-115 to Thunder," 12 Aug. 2020 December might be the best time to focus on finances and business, since your intelligence and prudence will be at a peak. oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 3, 2020: Leo, soften your approach; Capricorn, don’t underestimate opponents," 3 Aug. 2020 Until that's clear, prudence is necessary when dealing with nonagenarians, however well-cared for. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "British monarchy post-pandemic: What will it look like and will the Queen still reign?," 23 June 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Prudence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prudence. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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prudence

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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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