- The definition of prudent is someone who has good judgment and is careful and practical.
An example of prudent is someone who consults with a financial advisor before investing money.
A prudent couple consult a financial advisor.
- capable of exercising sound judgment in practical matters, esp. as concerns one's own interests
- cautious or discreet in conduct; circumspect; not rash
- managing carefully and with economy
Origin of prudentOld French ; from Classical Latin prudens, for providens: see provident
- Careful or wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense: a prudent manager of money.
- Characterized by or resulting from care or wisdom in practical matters or in planning for the future: a prudent investment.
Origin of prudentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin prūdēns, prūdent-, contraction of prōvidēns, present participle of prōvidēre, to provide for; see provide.
(comparative more prudent, superlative most prudent)
- Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; careful, discreet, sensible; -- opposed to rash; directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence;
- Practically wise, judicious, shrewd
- His prudent career moves reliably brought him to the top
- Frugal; economical; not extravagant;
- Only prudent expenditure may provide quality within a restrictive budget
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