[ 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.

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

Examples from the Web for prudentially

  • Sigurd was cautious, prudentially cunctatory, though heartily friendly in his counsel to Olaf as to the King question.

    Early Kings of Norway|Thomas Carlyle
  • It involves a radical venture of the will in the interest of what is unseen and prudentially incalculable.

    Ethics|John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

British Dictionary definitions for prudentially


/ (pruːˈdɛnʃəl) /


characterized by or resulting from prudence
exercising prudence or sound judgment
Derived Formsprudentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prudentially



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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