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prudential

[proo-den-shuh l] /pruˈdɛn ʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or resulting from prudence.
2.
exercising prudence.
3.
having discretionary or advisory authority, as in business matters.
Origin of prudential
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin prūdenti(a) prudence + -al1
Related forms
prudentially, adverb
prudentialness, prudentiality
[proo-den-shee-al-i-tee] /pruˌdɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonprudential, adjective
nonprudentially, adverb
unprudential, adjective
unprudentially, adverb
Can be confused
prudent, prudential.
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  • Impatient to glance behind, she only refrained for prudential reasons.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • These were prudential reasons, which he dilated on for some time.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • Yet this was from no prudential resolve or temperate resolution.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • From a prudential penitence he had arrived at a genuine one.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • So that to other motives of love he might add the prudential one of interest.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Would he defend the prudential committee, or would he declare for the teacher?

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • H-had her dismissed by the prudential committee had her dismissed—didn't you?

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for prudential

prudential

/pruːˈdɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by or resulting from prudence
2.
exercising prudence or sound judgment
Derived Forms
prudentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prudential
adj.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin prudentialis, from Latin prudentia "a foreseeing, foresight" (see prudence). Related: Prudentially. Prudential, the U.S. insurance company, dates to the 1870s; its logo featuring the Rock of Gibraltar dates from c.1900 and was widely known 20c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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