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

Other Words from prudential

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

Examples of prudential in a Sentence

a prudential approach to managing money
Recent Examples on the Web No one of good will wants people to remain poor, but how best to relieve poverty is a matter for prudential judgment. WSJ, 26 July 2022 The report added that the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have all made recommendations to address prudential risks posed by stablecoins. Amitoj Singh, Fortune, 17 June 2022 Christian duty may not necessarily mean a no-fly zone — that’s a matter of prudential debate. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 21 Mar. 2022 Typically, critics of the Jim Crow relic invoke various historical facts (some of which have apparently been lost on, or willfully ignored by, certain critical members of the Senate), as well as an array of practical and prudential bases. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, 13 Jan. 2022 Low-level retail and food service employees have likewise been given enormous responsibility and very little leeway for prudential judgment in dealing with COVID-19. Addison Del Mastro, The Week, 7 Oct. 2021 The bubble issue can’t be fobbed off to macro-prudential policy, either. Douglas Carr, National Review, 21 July 2021 As any observer can see, a pattern is developing: What Biden thinks is prudential diplomacy, Putin reads as weakness. Tim Morrison, National Review, 14 June 2021 The LSE Grantham Institute identified recommendations to make net-zero a reality across Central Bank and prudential practice. Frank Van Gansbeke, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

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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 25 Sep. 2022.

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