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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
But the most prudent decisions are not usually or often made by people who are melting down from anger.
While the City Council decision eliminates the city's budget deficit for this year, the mayor said Parma Heights needs to be fiscally prudent going forward.
When a vacancy occurs, the prudent coach will usually pounce.
States have also framed their cuts to benefits as prudent and a way to rebuild reserves that were tapped out in 2009.
But a prudent driver approaching an intersection where an oncoming car has a left turn signal on will slow down a bit and be prepared to stop—just in case the other car decides to turn illegally.
The prudent course of action for fishermen is to spend time getting the boat ready, sorting through the tackle boxes, tying some flies and spooling fishing reels with fresh line.
But Botswana has benefited from prudent economic policies, multiparty politics and fair elections.
The fund's prudent investment policy is only a tradition, like the dividend formula.
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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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