Definitions for prudenceˈprud ns
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the quality or fact of being prudent.
wisdom with regard to practical matters.
provident care in the management of resources; economy.
Origin of prudence:
discretion in practical affairs
discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudence(noun)
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
"the servants showed great tact and discretion"
The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.
, one of the Puritan virtue names.
Origin: From prudence.
the quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality
Prudence is the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason. It is classically considered to be a virtue, and in particular one of the four Cardinal virtues. The word comes from Old French prudence, from Latin prudentia. It is often associated with wisdom, insight, and knowledge. In this case, the virtue is the ability to judge between virtuous and vicious actions, not only in a general sense, but with regard to appropriate actions at a given time and place. Although prudence itself does not perform any actions, and is concerned solely with knowledge, all virtues had to be regulated by it. Distinguishing when acts are courageous, as opposed to reckless or cowardly, for instance, is an act of prudence, and for this reason it is classified as a cardinal virtue. Although prudence would be applied to any such judgment, the more difficult tasks, which distinguish a person as prudent, are those in which various goods have to be weighed against each other, as when a person is determining what would be best to give charitable donations, or how to punish a child so as to prevent repeating an offense.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A quality of mind that restrains the wise boarder from trying to find out how his landlady makes her hash.
Translations for prudence
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
wisdom and caution.
- تَعَقُّل، تَبَصُّر، حِكْمَه، حَصافَهArabic
- prudênciaPortuguese (BR)
- die KlugheitGerman
- klogskab; forsigtighedDanish
- σωφροσύνη, σύνεσηGreek
- बुद्धिमानी, समझदारीHindi
- skynsemi, fyrirhyggjaIcelandic
- apdomība; piesardzībaLatvian
- sikap yg cermatMalay
- klokskap, forsiktighetNorwegian
- благоразумие; осторожностьRussian
- klokhet, försiktighetSwedish
- 謹慎Chinese (Trad.)
- розсудливість; обачністьUkrainian
- ہوشياري، زيرکيUrdu
- sự cẩn trọngVietnamese
- 谨慎Chinese (Simp.)
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