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[prood-ns] /ˈprud ns/
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
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin prūdentia. See prudent, -ence
Related forms
nonprudence, noun
1. Prudence, calculation, foresight, forethought imply attempted provision against possible contingencies. Prudence is care, caution, and good judgment, as well as wisdom in looking ahead: sober prudence in handling one's affairs. Calculation suggests a disposition to get a large return for as small an outlay as possible and willingness to benefit at the expense of others: cold calculation. Foresight implies a prudent looking ahead rather far into the future: clear foresight in planning. Forethought emphasizes the adequacy of preparation for the future: Careful forethought helped him deal with the emergency.
1. rashness.


[prood-ns] /ˈprud ns/
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • Chavignis dignity, like his prudence, became lost in his anger.

    Richelieu, v. 1/3 G. P. R. James
  • But prudence instantly counselled me not to let any symptom of anxiety escape me.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • Reconsidered, it appeared the part of prudence to wait a little.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
  • But prudence carried the day, and the mutineers retired to the big oak.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • He curbs his passion from prudence only, for he was on the point of making Valois a human tassel for a live-oak limb.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
British Dictionary definitions for prudence


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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