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From prūdēns +‎ -ia. Compare prōvidentia.



prūdentia f (genitive prūdentiae); first declension

  1. acquaintance, knowledge, skilfulness
  2. sagacity, prudence, discretion, discreetness
  3. foresight
    • c. 4 BCE – 65 CE, Seneca the Younger, De brevitate vitae 9:
      Potestne quicquam stultius esse quam quorundam sensus, hominum eorum dico qui prudentiam iactant?
      Can anything be sillier than the point of view of certain people—I mean those who boast of their foresight?
  4. wisdom
    • Deuteronomy 32:28 Latin Vulgate


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative prūdentia prūdentiae
Genitive prūdentiae prūdentiārum
Dative prūdentiae prūdentiīs
Accusative prūdentiam prūdentiās
Ablative prūdentiā prūdentiīs
Vocative prūdentia prūdentiae




  1. nominative neuter plural of prūdēns
  2. accusative neuter plural of prūdēns
  3. vocative neuter plural of prūdēns


  • prudentia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • prudentia in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • prudentia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) statesmanship; political wisdom: prudentia (civilis) (De Or. 1. 19. 85)
  • prudentia in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016