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ˈprud ntpru·dent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prudentadjective

    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

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


  1. prudentadjective

    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. prudentadjective

    Practically wise, judicious, shrewd

    His prudent career moves reliably brought him to the top

  3. prudentadjective

    Frugal; economical; not extravagant;

    Only prudent expenditure may provide quality within a restrictive budget

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prudentadjective

    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. Prudentadjective

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

    They are so prudent and love each other, their wedding day is planned and simple, it demonstrates the love they both have for their families, friends and life.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

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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. Feiby Nassan:

    The median sperm count of men who had the highest adherence to the' prudent' pattern was 68 million higher than men who had the highest adherence to the' Western' pattern.

  2. Linn Huang:

    While the products themselves are more iterative than revolutionary — same basic design — Apple's strategy in raising the spec ceiling should prove to be a prudent one, since 2015, the entire all-in-one category has contracted each year. A continued shift toward mobility has been a primary inhibitor for this form factor, but options and economics play a large role as well.

  3. Mark Meadows:

    All of that came to an agreement where we felt like not doing a privileged motion today would be most prudent... and yet brings us all together the first week in September if they do not comply, the speaker is willing to support Chairman Goodlatte in a contempt process if the agreed upon documents are not delivered.

  4. Gaurang Shah:

    On the earnings front, it's not like we are going to see a robust turnaround. So from a short to medium-term perspective, for those who have low risk appetite, I think it is prudent to book profits.

  5. Major League Baseball:

    Given the current circumstances, Major League Baseball believes that it is most prudent to allow the Eleven Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week.

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  • حريص, حكيمArabic
  • vorsichtig, umsichtigGerman
  • συνετόςGreek
  • prudenteSpanish
  • محتاط، معقولPersian
  • 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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