pru·​den·​tial | \ prü-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce prudential (audio) \

Definition of prudential

1 : of, relating to, or proceeding from prudence
2 : exercising prudence especially in business matters

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prudentially \ prü-​ˈden(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prudentially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of prudential in a Sentence

a prudential approach to managing money

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To this moral message is added a prudential one: As the transition away from fossil fuels gathers pace, new fossil fuel projects become economically risky propositions. Richard Denniss, Fortune, "Justin Trudeau’s Pipeline Purchase Isn’t Just Hypocritical, It’s Bad Economics," 30 June 2018 Others don’t expect a rate move, but an expansion of macro-prudential measures to maintain stability. Viriya Singgih,, "New Bank Indonesia Governor Is Wasting No Time on Rate Hikes," 28 May 2018 Some of their functions, including drafting key regulations and prudential oversight, will move to the PBOC., "The New Head of China’s Money Machine Faces a Delicate Balancing Act," 19 Mar. 2018 Since the Vietnam War, the GOP has had three major foreign policy wings: prudential realists, neoconservatives, and radical nationalists. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Scarier Than a Neoconserative," 23 Mar. 2018 The case has triggered independent reviews by the securities and prudential regulators into culture, pay and governance at the bank. Robb M. Stewart, WSJ, "Commonwealth Bank Sells Life-Insurance Businesses for $3 Billion," 21 Sep. 2017 Policy makers sought to avoid further inflaming house prices by using macro-prudential policies that have helped slow property prices in Sydney. Michael Heath,, "RBA's Debelle Says Inflation May Be Even Weaker Than Data Show," 26 Oct. 2017 Women account for only three of the central bank’s 16 executive directors, one of its six governors, and one of its 12 prudential regulation committee members. David Meyer, Fortune, "The Bank of England Has Way Too Many White Men, U.K. Lawmakers Say," 20 Oct. 2017 Third, the court disregards prudential barriers that restrict suits against the executive — a role exactly opposite to the one that the judiciary usually plays. Josh Blackman, National Review, "The Legal Resistance to President Trump," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of prudential

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prudential

formal + old-fashioned : having or showing careful good judgment

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characterized by aphorism

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