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See also: Prudent
From Middle English prudent, from Old French prudent, from Latin prūdēns, contracted from prōvidēns (“foresight”) (English providence), the past participle of prōvideō (“I forsee”). Unrelated to prude.
- 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
- 1864, Jules Verne, chapter 30, in A Journey to the Center of the Earth:
- He did not hesitate what to do. It would be prudent to continue on to Omaha, for it would be dangerous to return to the train, which the Indians might still be engaged in pillaging.
- 1643, John Milton, Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce
- Moses established a grave and prudent law.
- Practically wise, judicious, shrewd
- His prudent career moves reliably brought him to the top
- Frugal; economical; not extravagant;
- Only prudent expenditure may provide quality within a restrictive budget
- (sagacious in adapting means to ends): See Thesaurus:cautious
- (practically wise): See Thesaurus:wise
- (frugal): See Thesaurus:frugal
sagacious in adapting means to ends
practically wise, judicious, shrewd
frugal; economical; not extravagant
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- “prudent” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
Declension of prudent