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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
When there’s little reward for being among the most financially prudent companies, few will embrace it.
The second projection is considerably less optimistic, and probably far more prudent.
The team was warned Batum might feel ready to play sooner than is prudent, so exercise caution, coach Steve Clifford said last month.
In Ainge’s defense this time (and this time only!), parting with someone like Jayson Tatum for a one-year rental wouldn’t be prudent.
The move was particularly prudent from the Heat's perspective because of their lack of upcoming draft picks, with a pair of first-rounders still due to the Suns from the Goran Dragic trade, and every second-round pick dealt until 2022.
During the financial crisis, BofA was the reckless gambler that got hammered, and Wells the prudent player that emerged relatively unscathed.
So being realistic about dealing with North Korea is prudent.
So Bell made the prudent financial decision to sit out the preseason in an effort to protect his body.
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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."
Synonymsintelligent, judgmatic (or judgmatical), judicious, discreet
Antonymsimprudent, indiscreet, injudicious
Related Wordscautious, chary, circumspect, cozy; forehanded, foresighted, foresightful, forethoughtful; discerning, discriminating, sage, sane, sapient, senseful, sensible, wise; canny, provident; astute, perspicacious, sagacious, shrewd
Near Antonymscareless, heedless, incautious, rash; improvident, shortsighted; foolish, unwise
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
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