Prudent meaning

pro͝odnt
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.

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Careful or wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense.

A prudent manager of money.

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Cautious or judicious in manner and/or actions.
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Managing carefully and with economy.
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Practically wise, judicious, shrewd.

His prudent career moves reliably brought him to the top.

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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;
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Frugal; economical; not extravagant;

Only prudent expenditure may provide quality within a restrictive budget.

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Characterized by or resulting from care or wisdom in practical matters or in planning for the future.

A prudent investment.

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Capable of exercising sound judgment in practical matters, esp. as concerns one's own interests.
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Cautious or discreet in conduct; circumspect; not rash.
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Origin of prudent

  • 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

  • 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