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Examples of prudent in a Sentence
- An endless war is not always the most moral or the most prudent course of action. —Richard A. Posner, New Republic, 2 Sept. 2002
- We missed the Mass for St. Rose of Lima, who, though prudent, had failed to be martyred and was therefore only second-string. —Darryl Pinckney, High Cotton, 1992
- Prudent burners take several precautions. Burning one of two bordering fields, they wet the edge of one or the other, usually the one being burned, to prevent the flames from jumping. —Alec Wilkinson, Big Sugar, 1989
- Since the inexplicable power of a magnetized needle to "find" the north smacked of black magic … . For many decades the prudent sea captain consulted his compass secretly. —Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers, 1983
He always listened to her prudent advice.
You made a prudent choice.
Recent Examples of prudent from the Web
Be patient and prudent and use a quality pole spear and Zookeeper Lionfish Containment Unit, and you won’t get stung.
Bibens-Dirkx can be optioned, and that would be the more prudent move for the starter-thin Rangers.
But Justice Kennedy is a very prudent and discreet man.
Targeting an experienced, versatile wing like Devon Hall or Kenrich Williams at their spot could be prudent.
But that wouldn’t exactly make for a prudent use of congressional power.
State senators plan to hold a public oversight hearing in coming weeks to ask UMass why the deal is a prudent use of tax and tuition dollars, especially as the Boston campus continues to wrestle with an unprecedented budget crisis.
Accepting a get-to-know-you meeting would have been the prudent thing for the Magic to do, especially for a player as accomplished as Thomas is.
So, waiting to install the panels, or proceeding with the new shingles, is prudent.
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It is prudent To Read Up on This Word History
Prudent arrived in Middle English around the 14th century and traces back, by way of Middle French, to the Latin verb providēre, meaning "to see ahead, foresee, provide (for). "Providēre" combines pro-, meaning "before, and vidēre, meaning "to see, and it may look familiar to you; it is also the source of our "provide," "provident," "provision," and "improvise." "Vidēre" also has many English offspring, including "evident," "supervise," "video," and "vision."
Synonym Discussion of prudent
- wise beyond his tender years
- the sage advice of my father
- the sapient musings of an old philosopher
- judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure
- a prudent decision to wait out the storm
- a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery
- remained sane even in times of crises
PRUDENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prudent for English Language Learners
: having or showing careful good judgment
PRUDENT Defined for Kids
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