phronesis

[ froh-nee-sis ]
/ froʊˈni sɪs /

noun Philosophy.

wisdom in determining ends and the means of attaining them.

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Origin of phronesis

1885–90; < Greek phrónēsis thinking, equivalent to phronē- (verbid stem of phroneîn to think; akin to phrēn mind) + -sis -sis
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Example sentences from the Web for phronesis

  • But are you sure that Aristotles Phronesis is indeed the right sort of Phronesis?

    The Eagle's Nest|John Ruskin
  • 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