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[prood-nt] /ˈprud nt/
wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.
careful in providing for the future; provident:
a prudent decision.
Origin of prudent
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.
1. sensible. 2. economical, thrifty, frugal. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prudently
  • Historically, human beings have prudently given the place a wide berth.
  • Worthless advice from senior scholars to whom the author prudently deferred should be labeled as such.
  • All the same, since the war the rich kept a prudently low profile.
  • College rankings aren't dangerous or misguided so long as they are used prudently, safely and appropriately.
  • Without guarantees, the market should act more prudently, because moral hazard will be reduced.
  • Or strategies that enable us to withdraw as prudently as possible.
  • When that happens, if mortgages are prudently originated, then default risk becomes relatively insignificant.
  • Again, nothing if it's taken on prudently and in moderation.
  • But there are many evils that the state cannot prudently fight.
  • Fewer still are willing to cut back prudently on fertilizers.
British Dictionary definitions for prudently


discreet or cautious in managing one's activities; circumspect
practical and careful in providing for the future
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 prudently



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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