For this apparently new and shiny one-state bauble is in fact a prudently discarded historical relic.
During the Cuban missile crisis of 1963, my father purchased a painting he could not then prudently afford.
But instead of prudently adjusting their behavior, they're being bizarrely short-sighted and irresponsible.
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.