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[proo-den-shuh l] /pruˈdɛn ʃəl/
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or resulting from prudence.
exercising prudence.
having discretionary or advisory authority, as in business matters.
Origin of prudential
1635-45; < Latin prūdenti(a) prudence + -al1
Related forms
prudentially, adverb
prudentialness, prudentiality
[proo-den-shee-al-i-tee] /pruˌdɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonprudential, adjective
nonprudentially, adverb
unprudential, adjective
unprudentially, adverb
Can be confused
prudent, prudential. Unabridged
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  • All left together, but for prudential reasons separated before reaching Philadelphia.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • Impatient to glance behind, she only refrained for prudential reasons.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • But it is clearly not prudential considerations of this kind by which they are mainly actuated.

    Supply and Demand Hubert D. Henderson
  • Yet this was from no prudential resolve or temperate resolution.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • These were prudential reasons, which he dilated on for some time.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • From a prudential penitence he had arrived at a genuine one.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • prudential considerations might come afterward—might come too late to be of use; no matter.

    Overland John William De Forest
British Dictionary definitions for prudential


characterized by or resulting from prudence
exercising prudence or sound judgment
Derived Forms
prudentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prudential

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin prudentialis, from Latin prudentia "a foreseeing, foresight" (see prudence). Related: Prudentially. Prudential, the U.S. insurance company, dates to the 1870s; its logo featuring the Rock of Gibraltar dates from c.1900 and was widely known 20c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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