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prudent

[ prood-nt ]
/ ˈprud nt /
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adjective
wise or judicious in practical affairs; discreet or circumspect; sagacious; sober.
careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision.
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Origin of prudent

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin prūdent- (stem of prūdēns ), contraction of prōvidēns provident

OTHER WORDS FROM prudent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prudent

prudent , prudential
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How to use prudent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prudent

prudent
/ (ˈpruːdənt) /

adjective
discreet or cautious in managing one's activities; circumspect
practical and careful in providing for the future
exercising good judgment or common sense

Derived forms of prudent

prudently, adverb

Word Origin for prudent

C14: from Latin prūdēns far-sighted, contraction of prōvidens acting with foresight; see provident
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