What does prudent mean?

Definitions for prudent
ˈprud ntpru·dent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word prudent.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRUDENTadjective

    Etymology: prudent, Fr. prudens, Lat.

    The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. Prov. xiv. 18.

    I have seen a son of Jesse, that is a man of war, and prudent in matters. 1 Sam. xvi. 18.

    The monarch prevented all reply,
    Prudent, lest others might offer. John Milton.

    So steers the prudent crane
    Her annual voyage. John Milton.

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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Prudent is ranked #51066 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Prudent surname appeared 408 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Prudent.

    67.4% or 275 total occurrences were Black.
    23.5% or 96 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.4% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for prudent »

  1. uptrend

  2. prunted

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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. Gary Bettman:

    While we are hopeful, it is our goal that we will be able to resume play and award the Stanley Cup. We intend to do so within in a timeframe that will enable us to get back to a full calendar for the 2020-21 season, at the same time we remain focused on the safety of our players, coaches, support staff and arena personnel. We will not set dates, chose sites or begin to play until we know it is appropriate and prudent and we are approved to do so.

  2. Brian Walsh:

    I think no matter which party controls the White House, during a presidential year everything is overtaken by that election, i think both parties are in a wait-and-see mode in terms of who is going to control the White House in the following year. I think it's only prudent to hold off on big issues like this and see where things are in 12 months.

  3. Gordon Gallup:

    I said 'the nose knows'; the same thing applies to sound, if you're going to agree to a blind date, it might be prudent to have a telephone conversation with that person first, because the voice is a medium that conveys a tremendous amount of basic biological information.

  4. 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.

  5. Tony Abbott:

    I've made various comments some time ago but as we've seen things develop over the last few months I think it's fair and reasonable for the government to make a modest, prudent and proportionate commitment to this climate mitigation fund.

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  • حكيم, حريصArabic
  • umsichtig, vorsichtigGerman
  • συνετόςGreek
  • prudenteSpanish
  • محتاط، معقولPersian
  • viisas, varovainen, harkitsevainenFinnish
  • prudentFrench
  • glicScottish Gaelic
  • विवेकीHindi
  • prudenteItalian
  • זָהִירHebrew
  • 慎重, 慎重なJapanese
  • matawhaitiMāori
  • doordacht, zuinig, sluw, omzichtig, vooruitziend, beredeneerd, economisch, voorzichtig, slimDutch
  • бережливый, расчётливый, благоразумный, рассудительный, осторожный, проницательныйRussian
  • slug, förtänksamSwedish

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    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    • A. greedy
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