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prudent

[prood-nt]
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adjective
  1. wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.
  2. careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision.
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Origin of prudent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prūdent- (stem of prūdēns), contraction of prōvidēns provident
Related formspru·dent·ly, adverbnon·pru·dent, adjectivenon·pru·dent·ly, adverbpre·pru·dent, adjectivepre·pru·dent·ly, adverbsu·per·pru·dent, adjectiveun·pru·dent, adjectiveun·pru·dent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedprudent prudential

Synonyms

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1. sensible. 2. economical, thrifty, frugal.
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  • And so to-night I am going to spend them, not prudently on bread, but prodigally on beer.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • I steamed past prudently, then stopped the engines and let her drift down.

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

  • None of his companions needed to be told how to get prudently away.

    Nan of Music Mountain

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Men she had vanquished; they had given her a sort of ton which she had prudently managed.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • He no longer drank cautiously, prudently, but imprudently and recklessly.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe


British Dictionary definitions for prudently

prudent

adjective
  1. discreet or cautious in managing one's activities; circumspect
  2. practical and careful in providing for the future
  3. exercising good judgment or common sense
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Derived Formsprudently, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin prūdēns far-sighted, contraction of prōvidens acting with foresight; see provident
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Word Origin and History for prudently

prudent

adj.

late 14c., from Old French prudent "with knowledge, deliberate" (c.1300), from Latin prudentem (nominative prudens) "knowing, skilled, sagacious, circumspect;" rarely in literal sense "foreseeing;" contraction of providens, present participle of providere "to foresee" (see provide). Related: Prudently.

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