Prudent Definition

Capable of exercising sound judgment in practical matters, esp. as concerns one's own interests.
Webster's New World
Characterized by or resulting from care or wisdom in practical matters or in planning for the future.
A prudent investment.
American Heritage
Cautious or discreet in conduct; circumspect; not rash.
Webster's New World
Managing carefully and with economy.
Webster's New World
Cautious or judicious in manner and/or actions.
Webster's New World Law

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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