- Prudence is defined as the act of being careful, often with money.
An example of prudence is checking your bank account before you spend money.
- the quality or fact of being prudent
- careful management; economy
Origin of prudenceMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin prudentia ; from prudens: see prudent
a feminine name: dim. Prue
Origin of PrudenceLate Latin feminine of Prudentius ; from Classical Latin prudentia: see prudence
From Old French prudence.