Synonyms and Antonyms of prudent

  1. 1 having or showing good judgment and restraint especially in conduct or speech her calm response was very prudent under the circumstances Synonyms intelligent, judgmatic (or judgmatical), judicious, discreetRelated Words cautious, chary, circumspect, cozy; forehanded, foresighted, foresightful, forethoughtful; discerning, discriminating, sage, sane, sapient, senseful, sensible, wise; canny, provident; astute, perspicacious, sagacious, shrewdNear Antonyms careless, heedless, incautious, rash; improvident, shortsighted; foolish, unwiseAntonyms imprudent, indiscreet, injudicious

  2. 2 suitable for bringing about a desired result under the circumstances it wouldn't be prudent to ask for a raise while the company is having financial troubles Synonyms advisable, desirable, judicious, politic, expedient, tactical, wiseRelated Words advantageous, beneficial, profitable; useful, utilitarian; feasible, possible, practicable, practical; opportune, seasonable, timely; opportunistic, self-seekingNear Antonyms impractical, profitless, unfeasible, unprofitable; inopportune, unseasonable, untimelyAntonyms impolitic, imprudent, inadvisable, inexpedient, injudicious, unwise

  3. 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 Synonyms discerning, insightful, perceptive, wise, sagacious, sage, sapientRelated Words acute, penetrating, percipient, perspicacious; experienced; discriminating, discriminative; brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, intelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, smart; cerebral, erudite, knowledgeable, learned, literate, scholarly; astute, clearheaded, piercing, sharp, shrewd; contemplative, reflective, thoughtfulNear Antonyms dense, dull, obtuse, purblind, woodenheaded; brainless, dumb, feebleminded, foolish, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), knuckleheaded, moronic, silly, simple, slow, slow-witted, stupid, thoughtless, unintelligent, witless; undiscriminatingAntonyms unperceptive, unwise

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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