pru·​den·​tial prü-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce prudential (audio)
: of, relating to, or proceeding from prudence
: exercising prudence especially in business matters
prudentially adverb

Examples of prudential in a Sentence

a prudential approach to managing money
Recent Examples on the Web Curiously, Rustin’s credo was once the consensus view of people who combined prudential sense with political principle, whether Albert Camus or Clement Attlee, George Orwell or Eleanor Roosevelt. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 In a speech on Thursday on crypto, Federal Reserve vice chair Michael Barr noted that stablecoins have the potential to scale quickly and come with high operational risks, calling for federal prudential regulation and supervision. Leo Schwartz, Fortune Crypto, 9 Mar. 2023 Like all prudential judgments, a judge’s analysis of stare decisis factors will surely spur debate and criticism. Adam J. White, WSJ, 23 May 2022 Notwithstanding prudential moves on behalf of the United States, Biden can expect that Erdogan will exploit the Biden administration’s ongoing Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiations with Iran. Peter Metzger, National Review, 12 June 2021 The point is doubly challenging: first comes the principled question of justice, and then the prudential question of timing. Adam J. White, WSJ, 10 May 2023 The licensing requirements in Bermuda include prudential supervision that examines risk management, governance and cybersecurity, as well as compliance with anti-money-laundering and counterterrorism financing regulations, such as sanctions screening and transactions monitoring, Mr. Swan said. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 3 June 2022 And Sam Woods, deputy governor for prudential regulation at the Bank of England, has told UK lawmakers that there may be a question around whether banks are mandated to have enough cash on hand or easily accessible. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 31 Mar. 2023 These banks reported €2.9 billion in prudential crypto asset exposure, which comes out to 0.013% of their assets. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prudential was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Prudential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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pru·​den·​tial prü-ˈden-chəl How to pronounce prudential (audio)
: of, relating to, or resulting from prudence
: using prudence
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