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prudent

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1 having or showing good judgment and restraint especially in conduct or speech

  • her calm response was very prudent under the circumstances
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2 suitable for bringing about a desired result under the circumstances

  • it wouldnʼt be prudent to ask for a raise while the company is having financial troubles
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3 having or showing deep understanding and intelligent application of knowledge

  • her many years of experience as a social worker have made her a prudent judge of character
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wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them.
    • wise beyond his tender years
sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom.
    • the sage advice of my father
sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment.
    • the sapient musings of an old philosopher
judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions.
    • judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure
prudent suggests the exercise of restraint guided by sound practical wisdom and discretion.
    • a prudent decision to wait out the storm
sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality.
    • a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery
sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness.
    • remained sane even in times of crises


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