American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense.
- adj. Careful in regard to one's own interests; provident.
- adj. Careful about one's conduct; circumspect.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Thoughtful; judicious; sagacious; sensible.
- Careful of self-interest; provident; politic; worldly-wise.
- Discreet; circumspect; decorous.
- Judicious; wise; prudential.
- Synonyms Careful, circumspect, etc. See cautious.
- adj. Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; careful, discreet, sensible; -- opposed to rash; directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence;
- adj. Practically wise, judicious, shrewd
- adj. Frugal; economical; not extravagant;
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; practically wise; judicious; careful; discreet; sensible; -- opposed to
rash; ; dictated or directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence.
- adj. Frugal; economical; not extravagant.
- adj. careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
- From Middle English, from Middle French prudent, from Latin prūdēns, contracted from prōvidēns ("foresight") (English providence), the past participle of prōvideō ("I forsee"). Unrelated to prude. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prūdēns, prūdent-, contraction of prōvidēns, present participle of prōvidēre, to provide for; see provide. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word prudent will have a very elastic meaning in 2012," said Stephen Green, a Hong Kong-based economist with Standard Chartered Plc.”
“The term prudent "means whatever the appropriate officials want it to mean," Straszheim said, adding that China may aim to contract the money supply and restrict new lending in order to cool the economy.”
“The third and continuing wave is what I call prudent walkaways -- people who can afford the payments for a while longer, by exhausting their 401Ks, childrens' college funds and other savings -- but are now choosing to default before they are financially ruined.”
“He indicated all that is not yet in place, but the alliance is doing what he called "prudent planning.”
“FEMA very definitely leaning forward, being what it calls prudent, coordinating planning for evacuation, shelter and emergency operations, with the states and with other agencies of the federal government.”
“I know that the Pentagon has done what they call prudent -- has urged prudent contingency planning and said anyone who can get out safely should get.”
“I aint in love with myself, at all, when I'm sober; and, as for being what you call prudent, why, the thing's onreasonable.”
“The third and continuing wave is what I call prudent walkaways”
“The NATO military command in Afghanistan last month ordered its troops to stop turning over detainees to six Afghan detention centres, including the internal security service facility in Kandahar, as what it called a "prudent measure" in light of the UN findings.”
“The NATO military command in Afghanistan last month ordered its troops to stop turning over detainees to several Afghan prisons and detention centres as what it called a "prudent measure" in light of the UN findings.”
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