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[proo-den-shuh l] /pruˈdɛn ʃəl/
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or resulting from prudence.
exercising prudence.
having discretionary or advisory authority, as in business matters.
Origin of prudential
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),
nonprudential, adjective
nonprudentially, adverb
unprudential, adjective
unprudentially, adverb
Can be confused
prudent, prudential. Unabridged
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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


characterized by or resulting from prudence
exercising prudence or sound judgment
Derived Forms
prudentially, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for prudential

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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