Origin of Prudent
From Middle English, from Middle French prudent, from Latin prūdēns, contracted from prōvidēns (“foresight”) (English providence), the past participle of prōvideō (“I forsee”). Unrelated to prude.
Middle English from Old French from Latin prūdēns prūdent- contraction of prōvidēns present participle of prōvidēre to provide for provide
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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