Definitions

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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Examples

  • While we need to maintain prudential walls around our institutions, those walls can't be higher than those which we see in our major trading partners.

    A New Mandate for OSFI

  • Rex thought the vagueness of the phrase prudential; "the colonies" necessarily embracing more advantages, and being less capable of being rebutted on a single ground than any particular settlement.

    Daniel Deronda

  • Certain prudential regulations however are required to meet those cases where uniformity is necessary, and where, from the nature of the subject, common usage cannot supply the place of positive precepts.

    The Statues of Emory College and the Bylaws: Statutes 4-5

  • Management compensation policies should be aligned with the long-term prudential interests of the institution, be tied to the risks being borne by the organization, provide appropriate incentives for safe and sound behavior, and avoid short-term payments for transactions with long-term horizons. 3

    Wall Street Folly

  • On compensation, Bernanke said management policies should be aligned with the "long-term prudential interests of the institution ... (and) provide appropriate incentives for safe and sound behavior."

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  • On compensation, Bernanke said management policies should be aligned with the "long-term prudential interests of the institution ... (and) provide appropriate incentives for safe and sound behavior."

    Market News

  • On compensation, Bernanke said management policies should be aligned with the "long-term prudential interests of the institution ... (and) provide appropriate incentives for safe and sound behavior."

    Market News

  • "Management compensation policies should be aligned with the long-term prudential interests of the institution."

    DealBook

  • On compensation, Bernanke said management policies should be aligned with the "long-term prudential interests of the institution ... (and) provide appropriate incentives for safe and sound behavior."

    Marketplace

  • "Management compensation policies should be aligned with the long-term prudential interests of the institution."

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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