prudence

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noun pru·dence \ˈprü-dən(t)s\

Definition of prudence

  1. 1 :  the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason

  2. 2 :  sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs

  3. 3 :  skill and good judgment in the use of resources

  4. 4 :  caution or circumspection as to danger or risk

Examples of prudence in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of prudence

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


First Known Use: 14th century


PRUDENCE Defined for English Language Learners

prudence

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noun pru·dence \ˈprü-dən(t)s\

Definition of prudence for English Language Learners

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


PRUDENCE Defined for Kids

prudence

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noun pru·dence \ˈprü-dəns\

Definition of prudence for Students

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


Law Dictionary

prudence

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noun pru·dence \ˈprüd-əns\

Legal Definition of prudence

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



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