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definition of the word prudent

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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

From Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin prudens contracted from providens, the past participle of providere 'to forsee'.

prudent (comparative more prudent, superlative most prudent)


more prudent

most prudent

  1. 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;
    Moses established a grave and prudent law. --Milton.
  2. Practically wise, judicious, shrewd
    His prudent career moves reliably brought him to the top
  3. Frugal; economical; not extravagant;
    Only prudent expenditure may provide quality within a restrictive budget

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