[ proo-den-shuh l ]
/ pruˈdɛn ʃəl /


of, pertaining to, characterized by, or resulting from prudence.
exercising prudence.
having discretionary or advisory authority, as in business matters.

Nearby words

  1. prud'hon,
  2. prud'hon, pierre paul,
  3. prude,
  4. prudence,
  5. prudent,
  6. prudentiality,
  7. prudentially,
  8. prudentius,
  9. prudently,
  10. prudery

Origin of prudential

1635–45; < Latin prūdenti(a) prudence + -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedprudent prudential Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prudential


/ (pruːˈdɛnʃəl) /


characterized by or resulting from prudence
exercising prudence or sound judgment
Derived Formsprudentially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for prudential



mid-15c., from Medieval Latin prudentialis, from Latin prudentia "a foreseeing, foresight" (see prudence). Related: Prudentially. Prudential, the U.S. insurance company, dates to the 1870s; its logo featuring the Rock of Gibraltar dates from c.1900 and was widely known 20c.

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