[proo-den-shuh l]


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 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. 2019

Examples from the Web for prudentially

Historical Examples of prudentially

  • It involves a radical venture of the will in the interest of what is unseen and prudentially incalculable.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

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

    Early Kings of Norway

    Thomas Carlyle

British Dictionary definitions for prudentially



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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