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
Recent Examples on the Web Most of those who disagree with his prudential judgment about these strictures on normal life hope to avoid causing others needless suffering. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "We Need the Skeptics," 26 Mar. 2020 On Wednesday, the Bank of England had paraded all of its top management at a press conference after monetary and prudential supervisory officials had weighed in with measures to support the U.K. economy. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "ECB’s Lagarde to coronavirus-ravaged Italy: you’re pretty much on your own," 13 Mar. 2020 In a 2018 book of interviews with the left-wing French sociologist Dominique Wolton, Francis lightly dismisses the rich Catholic tradition of ethical and prudential reflection on matters of war and peace. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd," 6 Feb. 2020 The president will be acquitted for a host of reasons, from partisanship to a prudential judgment that his actions don’t warrant removal with a presidential election 10 months away. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Impeachment Moves Forward to Nowhere," 16 Jan. 2020 Shadow lenders, meanwhile, should face the same prudential rules as banks. The Economist, "The risks from India’s rotten banks," 10 Oct. 2019 The repo market’s wobbles have revealed not only banks’ huge appetite for cash, but the unforeseen consequences of post-crisis prudential regulation. The Economist, "Why the repo market went awry…," 2 Nov. 2019 The prudential case against impeachment and for democratic reform is all the Porta Potties on Staten Island soccer fields, multiplied by a a thousand other soccer fields in a hundred other places. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Another Look at Impeachment, at the End of a Long Summer," 28 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of prudential

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prudential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prudential

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

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