- wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.
- careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision.
Origin of prudent
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Examples from the Web for prudently
If only other American presidents had acted so prudently before embarking on military endeavors.Why Obama Should Be Applauded for Consulting Congress on Syria
September 9, 2013
For this apparently new and shiny one-state bauble is in fact a prudently discarded historical relic.Back to the One-State Future?
June 6, 2013
During the Cuban missile crisis of 1963, my father purchased a painting he could not then prudently afford.My Eulogy for My Father, Murray Frum
May 31, 2013
But instead of prudently adjusting their behavior, they're being bizarrely short-sighted and irresponsible.Answering a Murray Defender
February 8, 2012
When Joan Fontaine wanted to insult Hedda Hopper, she prudently dulled the sting by making herself a target as well.The Vipers of Tinseltown
July 18, 2009
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
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
He no longer drank cautiously, prudently, but imprudently and recklessly.Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- discreet or cautious in managing one's activities; circumspect
- practical and careful in providing for the future
- exercising good judgment or common sense
Word Origin and History for prudently
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.