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 prudential (audio) \ adverb

Examples of prudential in a Sentence

a prudential approach to managing money
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The dynamic with prudential regulators, which periodically examine financial institutions on their anti-money-laundering policies and procedures, is another unknown. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2021 The necessity of prudential judgment in some cases is sometimes exploited to attenuate the general obligation of solidarity. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, 1 Oct. 2020 Two pro-life voters who are equally concerned about justice for the unborn may reach different prudential judgments about which candidate to vote for. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, 1 Oct. 2020 These doctrines seem to reflect judges’ own prudential view rather than the more concrete foundation of, say, the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946, which set the basic rules for agency process and judicial review. Adam J. White, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2020 Sometimes the reasons for this are prudential: Betting against a bubble can, after all, be very expensive. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 15 Sep. 2020 And, even setting aside the strategic rationale for such a move, there are good prudential reasons for it too. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 19 Aug. 2020

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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 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prudential

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


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