wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.
careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prūdent- (stem of prūdēns), contraction of prōvidēns provident

prudently, adverb
nonprudent, adjective
nonprudently, adverb
preprudent, adjective
preprudently, adverb
superprudent, adjective
unprudent, adjective
unprudently, adverb

prudent, prudential.

1. sensible. 2. economical, thrifty, frugal. Unabridged
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prudent (ˈpruːdənt)
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
[C14: from Latin prūdēns far-sighted, contraction of prōvidens acting with foresight; see provident]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Fr. prudent (c.1300), from L. prudentem (nom. prudens) "knowing, skilled, sagacious, circumspect;" rarely in lit. sense "foreseeing;" contraction of providens, prp. of providere "to foresee" (see provide). Related: Prudential (c.1400).
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Example sentences
Her reaction was so overtly prudent it sent the others into an unprecedented
In any case, it's prudent to limit your intake of high-sodium processed and
  prepared food.
You'd think that by now prudent management and sustainable fishing would be
  more of a reality.
The movie's prudent cultural economy suggests otherwise.
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