[ froh-nee-sis ]

  1. wisdom in determining ends and the means of attaining them.

Origin of phronesis

First recorded in 1500–20; from Greek phrónēsis “practical wisdom, thinking,” equivalent to phronē- (derivitive of phroneîn “to think”; akin to phrēn “mind”) + -sis -sis

Words Nearby phronesis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use phronesis in a sentence

  • phronesis, with her prize, turned to the way by which she had ascended, regained her chariot and Reason her charioteer.

  • phronesis puts up his umbrella, and goes home as fast as he can.

    The Eagle's Nest | John Ruskin
  • But are you sure that Aristotles phronesis is indeed the right sort of phronesis?

    The Eagle's Nest | John Ruskin
  • Aristotles phronesis at least does; having no regard for marvellous things.

    The Eagle's Nest | John Ruskin
  • In the latter part of the poem she is usually called phronesis.