- wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.
- careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision.
Origin of prudent
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Examples from the Web for prudent
There was no way to test blood for HIV, and excluding gays was a prudent move.The Outrageous Celibacy Requirement for Gay Blood Donors
November 22, 2014
Bicycle riders are prudent to fear being clipped by a passing car.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
It was the result of a chain of good decisions—wise, prudent, long-sighted, or, at the least, expedient choices.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 22, 2014
It is, rather famously, not the most prudent move to get a Ph.D in philosophy.The Cost of Raising a Special Needs Son
June 11, 2014
It would be prudent to reach some kind of consensus soon, because when you collect-it-all, the next step is to automate-it-all.The NSA Can ‘Collect-it-All,’ But What Will It Do With Our Data Next?
May 16, 2014
He resolved to be as prudent as possible, and avoid, as far as he could, any altercation with Haley.Brave and Bold
I am to be prudent and economical, of course; that's part of my trust.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
A prudent person, lapsing into a dilemma, is specially discomfitted.Weighed and Wanting
Will you permit me now to introduce you to your prudent friend and your fair enemy?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Very strong; and he is prudent to leave that opinion in writing.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- discreet or cautious in managing one's activities; circumspect
- practical and careful in providing for the future
- exercising good judgment or common sense
Word Origin and History for prudent
late 14c., from Old French prudent "with knowledge, deliberate" (c.1300), from Latin prudentem (nominative prudens) "knowing, skilled, sagacious, circumspect;" rarely in literal sense "foreseeing;" contraction of providens, present participle of providere "to foresee" (see provide). Related: Prudently.