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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prudencenoun

    discretion in practical affairs

  2. discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudencenoun

    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

    "the servants showed great tact and discretion"


  1. prudencenoun

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

    Etymology: From prudence.

  2. Prudencenoun

    A female given name from English, one of the Puritan virtue names.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prudencenoun

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. Prudence

    To regulate our life and actions, which are agreeable to the dictates of our reasons, and is the act by which we wisely judge so that we prudently determine all things relative to our present as well as our future happiness.

    My prudence keeps me on the road to become the lawyer I thrive to be in the future.

    Etymology: Pondered thought to becoming.

    Submitted by Tony.lucas28 on February 7, 2021  

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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. Edmund Burke:

    There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear.

  2. Marie Antoinette:

    It would be doing me great injustice to think that I have any feeling of indifference to my country; I have more reason than anyone to feel, every day of my life, the value of the blood which flows in my veins, and it is only from prudence that at times I abstain from showing how proud I am of it.

  3. Charles Horton Cooley:

    Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise.

  4. Edgar Algernon Robert Cecil:

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

  5. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

    Truth itself is the best prudence.

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  • Richard David Dellerman
    Prudence is of the eye of the beholder. For a Judge to make a wise decission of guilty or not guilty can be debatable. All things must be accountable but some things may not be detectable. Therefore, trying to make a prudent judgement on things that may not be detectable is vanity. 
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indecision in speech or action
  • A. wavering
  • B. vigorish
  • C. sheath
  • D. serendipity

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