- the quality or fact of being prudent, or wise in practical affairs, as by providing for the future.
- caution with regard to practical matters; discretion.
- regard for one's own interests.
- provident care in the management of resources; economy; frugality.
Origin of prudence
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- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for prudence
And he is to give this permission only to a priest “who has piety, knowledge, prudence and integrity of life.”Pope Francis Gives Blessing to Exorcist Conference
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 29, 2014
Obama is right that when it comes to a major nuclear power like Russia, prudence is the best policy.This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth
September 4, 2014
His government, he said, was one of “prudence and hope” that put a premium on stability.Iran’s Rouhani Does Davos
January 23, 2014
It is highly unlikely that there is some hard break in prudence between those who submitted the form and those who did not.How Not to Cherry-Pick the Results of the Oregon Study (Ultrawonkish)
May 13, 2013
My dissent had nothing to do with principles; it was a matter of prudence or judgment.What Iraq Did to the Right
March 22, 2013
You say, both honour and prudence forbid you to shew it to me.
Should it be ever so unhappily, will it be prudence to complain or appeal?
But what is person, Clary, with one of your prudence, and your heart disengaged?
The fiend prevailed; and Prudence vanished into the outer darkness.John Inglefield's Thanksgiving
This is a sort of economy having all the appearances and some of the advantages of prudence.The Secret Agent
- caution in practical affairs; discretion or circumspection
- care taken in the management of one's resources
- consideration for one's own interests
- the condition or quality of being prudent
Word Origin and History for prudence
mid-14c. (c.1200 as a surname), mid-14c., "intelligence; discretion, foresight; wisdom to see what is suitable or profitable;" also one of the four cardinal virtues, "wisdom to see what is virtuous;" from Old French prudence (13c.) and directly from Latin prudentia "a foreseeing, foresight, sagacity, practical judgment," contraction of providentia "foresight" (see providence). Secondary sense of "wisdom" (late 14c.) is preserved in jurisprudence.
fem. proper name; see prudence.