What does Prudence mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prudence(noun)

    discretion in practical affairs

  2. discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudence(noun)

    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

    "the servants showed great tact and discretion"


  1. prudence(Noun)

    The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.

  2. Prudence(ProperNoun)

    , one of the Puritan virtue names.

  3. Origin: From prudence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prudence(noun)

    the quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality


  1. Prudence

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prudence in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prudence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Prudence in a Sentence

  1. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

    Truth itself is the best prudence.

  2. Johann Kaspar Lavater:

    Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.

  3. Anonymous:

    Whatever you undertake, act with prudence, and consider the consequences.

  4. George Bernard Shaw:

    Self-denial is not a virtue it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.

  5. Edgar Algernon Robert Cecil:

    Prudence which degenerates into timidity is very seldom the path to safety.

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