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prudent

[prood-nt] /ˈprud nt/
adjective
1.
wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.
2.
careful in providing for the future; provident:
a prudent decision.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin prūdent- (stem of prūdēns), contraction of prōvidēns provident
Related forms
prudently, adverb
nonprudent, adjective
nonprudently, adverb
preprudent, adjective
preprudently, adverb
superprudent, adjective
unprudent, adjective
unprudently, adverb
Can be confused
prudent, prudential.
Synonyms
1. sensible. 2. economical, thrifty, frugal.
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prudent

/ˈpruːdənt/
adjective
1.
discreet or cautious in managing one's activities; circumspect
2.
practical and careful in providing for the future
3.
exercising good judgment or common sense
Derived Forms
prudently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prūdēns far-sighted, contraction of prōvidens acting with foresight; see provident
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Word Origin and History for unprudent

prudent

adj.

late 14c., from Old French prudent "with knowledge, deliberate" (c.1300), from Latin prudentem (nominative prudens) "knowing, skilled, sagacious, circumspect;" rarely in literal sense "foreseeing;" contraction of providens, present participle of providere "to foresee" (see provide). Related: Prudently.

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