[ proo-den-shuhl ]
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  1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or resulting from prudence.

  2. exercising prudence.

  1. having discretionary or advisory authority, as in business matters.

Origin of prudential

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

Other words from prudential

  • pru·den·tial·ly, adverb
  • pru·den·tial·ness, pru·den·ti·al·i·ty [proo-den-shee-al-i-tee], /pruˌdɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·pru·den·tial, adjective
  • non·pru·den·tial·ly, adverb
  • un·pru·den·tial, adjective
  • un·pru·den·tial·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with prudential

Words Nearby prudential Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prudential in a sentence

  • Bob Croaker was still at the school, and was, from prudential motives, a fast friend of Martin.

    Martin Rattler | R.M. Ballantyne
  • Boaz may be exhibited as a specimen of that prudential charity which should always regulate our distributions.

  • God willing, and the prudential Committee at Boston approving, it was to be carried into effect the next spring.

    Mary and I | Stephen Return Riggs
  • Away from her he could remember the difference in their position, and prudential motives began to make themselves heard.

    Family Pride | Mary J. Holmes
  • The cracker exercises his prudential care by always keeping hogs.

British Dictionary definitions for prudential


/ (pruːˈdɛnʃəl) /

  1. characterized by or resulting from prudence

  2. exercising prudence or sound judgment

Derived forms of prudential

  • prudentially, adverb

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