the quality or fact of being prudent.
caution with regard to practical matters; discretion.
regard for one's own interests.
provident care in the management of resources; economy; frugality.

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin prūdentia. See prudent, -ence

nonprudence, noun

1. Prudence, calculation, foresight, forethought imply attempted provision against possible contingencies. Prudence is care, caution, and good judgment, as well as wisdom in looking ahead: sober prudence in handling one's affairs. Calculation suggests a disposition to get a large return for as small an outlay as possible and willingness to benefit at the expense of others: cold calculation. Foresight implies a prudent looking ahead rather far into the future: clear foresight in planning. Forethought emphasizes the adequacy of preparation for the future: Careful forethought helped him deal with the emergency.

1. rashness. Unabridged


a female given name. Unabridged
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prudence (ˈpruːdəns)
1.  caution in practical affairs; discretion or circumspection
2.  care taken in the management of one's resources
3.  consideration for one's own interests
4.  the condition or quality of being prudent

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "wisdom to see what is virtuous, or what is suitable or profitable," from O.Fr. prudence (13c.), from L. prudentia "foresight, sagacity," contraction of providentia "foresight" (see providence). Secondary sense of "wisdom" (late 14c.) now only in jurisprudence.
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Example sentences for prudence
There is also the view, of course, that this was more prudence than paranoia.
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