[ prood-nt ]
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  1. wise or judicious in practical affairs; discreet or circumspect; sagacious; sober.

  2. careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision.

Origin of prudent

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

Other words for prudent

Other words from prudent

  • pru·dent·ly, adverb
  • non·pru·dent, adjective
  • pre·pru·dent, adjective
  • su·per·pru·dent, adjective
  • un·pru·dent, adjective

Words that may be confused with prudent

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How to use prudent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prudent


/ (ˈpruːdənt) /

  1. discreet or cautious in managing one's activities; circumspect

  2. practical and careful in providing for the future

  1. exercising good judgment or common sense

Origin of prudent

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

Derived forms of prudent

  • prudently, adverb

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