from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Arising from or characterized by prudence.
  • adjective Exercising prudence, good judgment, or common sense.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Involving prudence; characterized or prescribed by prudence: as, prudential motives; prudential considerations.
  • Exercising prudence; hence, advisory; discretionary: as, a prudential committee (a committee having discretionary charge of various affairs of a society).
  • Instructed; scientific.
  • noun That which demands the exercise of prudence; a matter for prudence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which relates to or demands the exercise of, discretion or prudence; -- usually in the pl.
  • adjective Proceeding from, or dictated or characterized by, prudence; prudent; discreet; sometimes, selfish or pecuniary as distinguished from higher motives or influences.
  • adjective Exercising prudence; discretionary; advisory; superintending or executive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or arising from the use of prudence

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

  • adjective arising from or characterized by prudence especially in business matters


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  • Interesting to find one's blind spots. Until I heard David Brooks use this word in reference to Barak Obama's policy decisions out of the starting blocks, I saw/heard it only as the name of an insurance company--which used the rock of Gibraltar as its logo! :o)

    January 25, 2009