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Friday, July 04, 2014

prudence

\PROOD-ns\ , noun;
1.
caution with regard to practical matters; discretion.
2.
the quality or fact of being prudent.
3.
regard for one's own interests.
4.
provident care in the management of resources; economy; frugality.
Quotes:
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:
Prudence entered English in the 1300s. It comes from the Latin prūdentia meaning “foresight; providence.”
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