prudential

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin prudentia +‎ -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

prudential (comparative more prudential, superlative most prudential)

  1. Characterised by the use of prudence; arising from careful thought or deliberation. [from 15th c.]
    • Sir Walter Scott
      a prudential line of conduct
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 206:
      Matrimony had always been a matter of prudential calculation.
  2. Of a person: exercising prudence; cautious. [from 17th c.]
  3. advisory; superintending or executive
    a prudential committee