[proo-den-shuh l]
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  1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or resulting from prudence.
  2. exercising prudence.
  3. having discretionary or advisory authority, as in business matters.

Origin of prudential

1635–45; < Latin prūdenti(a) prudence + -al1
Related formspru·den·tial·ly, adverbpru·den·tial·ness, pru·den·ti·al·i·ty [proo-den-shee-al-i-tee] /pruˌdɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/, nounnon·pru·den·tial, adjectivenon·pru·den·tial·ly, adverbun·pru·den·tial, adjectiveun·pru·den·tial·ly, adverb
Can be confusedprudent prudential Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of prudential

  • Impatient to glance behind, she only refrained for prudential reasons.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • These were prudential reasons, which he dilated on for some time.

  • Yet this was from no prudential resolve or temperate resolution.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • From a prudential penitence he had arrived at a genuine one.

    In School and Out

    Oliver Optic

  • So that to other motives of love he might add the prudential one of interest.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for prudential


  1. characterized by or resulting from prudence
  2. 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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