What does prudent mean?

Definitions for prudentˈprud nt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prudent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prudent(adj)

    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

    "a prudent manager"; "prudent rulers"; "prudent hesitation"; "more prudent to hide than to fight"


  1. prudent(Adjective)

    Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; careful, discreet, sensible; -- opposed to rash; directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence;

  2. prudent(Adjective)

    Practically wise, judicious, shrewd

    His prudent career moves reliably brought him to the top

  3. prudent(Adjective)

    Frugal; economical; not extravagant;

    Only prudent expenditure may provide quality within a restrictive budget

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prudent(adj)

    sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; practically wise; judicious; careful; discreet; sensible; -- opposed to rash; as, a prudent man; dictated or directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence; as, prudent behavior

  2. Prudent(adj)

    frugal; economical; not extravagant; as, a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prudent

    prōō′dent, adj. cautious and wise in conduct: careful: discreet: dictated by forethought: frugal.—n. Pru′dence, quality of being prudent: wisdom applied to practice: attention to self-interest: caution.—adj. Pruden′tial, using or practising prudence.—n. a matter for prudence (generally pl.).—n. Prudential′ity.—advs. Pruden′tially; Pru′dently. [Fr.,—L. prūdens, prūdentis, contr. of providens, pr.p. of providēre, to foresee.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prudent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prudent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francis Bacon:

    A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

  2. Euripides:

    Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.

  3. Predrag Maric:

    We expect power to be restored later in the day, but setting deadlines would not be prudent.

  4. Sophocles:

    A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers would one day suffer reverse.

  5. Finance Minister Bill Morneau:

    We are looking to make infrastructure investments that are prudent and responsible, and in cases where we can find prudent, responsible projects that we can embark on quickly, we will do so.

Images & Illustrations of prudent

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Translations for prudent

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • حريص, حكيمArabic
  • vorsichtig, umsichtigGerman
  • συνετόςGreek
  • prudenteSpanish
  • harkitsevainen, viisas, varovainenFinnish
  • prudentFrench
  • glicScottish Gaelic
  • विवेकीHindi
  • זָהִירHebrew
  • 慎重Japanese
  • matawhaitiMāori
  • sluw, slim, voorzichtig, economisch, beredeneerd, vooruitziend, omzichtig, zuinig, doordachtDutch
  • проницательный, осторожный, расчётливый, бережливый, благоразумный, рассудительныйRussian
  • förtänksam, slugSwedish

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