prudent

[ prood-nt ]
/ ˈprud nt /

adjective

wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.
careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision.

Origin of prudent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prūdent- (stem of prūdēns), contraction of prōvidēns provident

Related forms

Can be confused

prudent prudential
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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

prudently, adverb

Word Origin for prudent

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