What does prudent mean?

Definitions for prudent
ˈprud ntpru·dent

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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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. prudent

    Practical, logical and wise use of resources, knowledge, money, intelligence or income.

    They were very prudent and loved each other so much, their wedding day was simple, it demonstrated the love they both had for their families and friends and life.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

How to pronounce prudent?

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How to say prudent in sign language?

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  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

Examples of prudent in a Sentence

  1. Scott Puritz:

    The DOL has been very prudent about how they've gone about this in trying to make their rule litigation-proof, but opponents will sue in court.

  2. Nokia Chief Executive Rajeev Suri:

    We know that in these kind of transactions there could be situations which are difficult to foresee beforehand... so we're being prudent.

  3. Francis Bacon:

    A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

  4. Mac Thornberry:

    I believe that it would be appropriate for him to ask for the DOD Inspector General's assessment that no classified material was transmitted over unsecured channels, it would be prudent for this assessment to extend to Secretary Carter time as Deputy Secretary of Defense as well. Congress should be briefed on the results. Secretary Carter, speaking with reporters during a visit to Iraq, acknowledged Secretary Carter was warned by a lot of people and called the practice a mistake.

  5. Steve Cohen:

    I'd certainly vote for it. Whether it's prudent or not is not for me to ascertain, i think it's the right thing to do.

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

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