Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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;

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

Etymologies

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)
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)

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  • this word seems werid to the english laguage

    October 1, 2009

  • i need an example for prudent

    October 1, 2009

  • it's prudent to update your registration when you live downstairs from a state trooper...

    February 17, 2009

  • Why, to be sure, a tale of scandal is as fatal to the credit of a prudent lady of her stamp as a fever is generally to those of the strongest constitutions.
    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 6, 2008