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Friday, July 04, 2014

Definitions for prudence

  1. caution with regard to practical matters; discretion.
  2. the quality or fact of being prudent.
  3. regard for one's own interests.

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Citations for prudence
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes... Thomas Jefferson et al., Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Frank was so seduced by this notion, which ran counter to all his family's precepts on thrift and prudence, that he agreed… Megan McAndrew, Dreaming in French, 2009
Origin of prudence
1300-1350
Prudence entered English in the 1300s. It comes from the Latin prūdentia meaning “foresight; providence.”