prudent

prudent
prudent 1 judicious, sensible, sane, *wise, sage, sapient
Analogous words: *intelligent, brilliant, bright, smart, alert: *shrewd, perspicacious, sagacious, astute: disciplined, schooled (see TEACH)
2 provident, foresighted, forethoughtful, discreet (see under PRUDENCE)
Analogous words: *cautious, circumspect, calculating, wary: politic, *expedient, advisable: economical, frugal, thrifty, *sparing
3 Prudent, prudential are sometimes confused in use.
Prudent applies to persons or their acts or utterances and implies such qualities of mind or character as caution, circumspection, and thrift (see prudent under PRUDENCE) or as wisdom in practical affairs (see WISE)
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a prudent man

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a prudent course

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a prudent way of life

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people who are both dissolute and prudent. They want to have their fun, and they want to keep their position— Sackville-West

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Prudential, on the other hand, applies not to individuals but either to habits, motives, policies, or considerations which are dictated or prescribed by prudence, forethought, business sense, or practical wisdom
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in a prudential light it is certainly a very good match for herA usten

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from obvious prudential considerations the Pacific has been principally sailed over in known tracts— Melville

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or to committees, groups, or associations having charge of practical affairs such as expenditures or exercising discretionary or advisory powers in regard to these
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a prudential investment society

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the prudential committee of a Congregational church

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Analogous words: politic, *expedient, advisable: advising, counseling (see corresponding verbs under ADVICE)

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  • prudent — prudent, ente [ prydɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1090 « sage, plein d expérience »; lat. prudens 1 ♦ (1573) Qui a, montre de la prudence. ⇒ circonspect, prévoyant, réfléchi, sage . Ses déboires l ont rendu prudent. Il est trop prudent pour brusquer les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • prudent — PRUDÉNT, Ă, prudenţi, te, adj. Care se fereşte de tot ce ar putea să i producă un neajuns, să l primejduiască; prevăzător, circumspect, precaut. – Din fr. prudent, lat. prudens, ntis. Trimis de RACAI, 22.11.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  Prudent ≠… …   Dicționar Român

  • prudent — pru‧dent [ˈpruːdnt] adjective 1. sensible and careful, especially by trying to avoid unnecessary risks: • These must be prudent loans requiring the buyer to put in significant capital. 2. ACCOUNTING following the rule that a business should not… …   Financial and business terms

  • Prudent — Pru dent, a. [L. prudens, entis, contr. from providens: cf. F. prudent. See {Provident}.] 1. Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; practically wise; judicious; careful; discreet;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prudent — prudent, ente (pru dan, dan t ) adj. 1°   Qui a de la prudence. •   C était la femme prudente qui est donnée proprement par le Seigneur, BOSSUET Mar. Thér.. •   Plus prudent dans les affaires du siècle que le ministre de la pénitence, qui souvent …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • prudent — pru·dent / prüd ənt/ adj: characterized by, arising from, or showing prudence pru·dent·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. prudent …   Law dictionary

  • prudent — late 14c., from Fr. prudent (c.1300), from L. prudentem (nom. prudens) knowing, skilled, sagacious, circumspect; rarely in lit. sense foreseeing; contraction of providens, prp. of providere to foresee (see PROVIDE (Cf. provide)). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prudent — prudent, prudential, prudish While prudent is a judgemental word meaning ‘circumspect, judicious’, prudential is merely descriptive in identifying actions and attitudes that have to do with prudence, e.g. prudential motives are motives determined …   Modern English usage

  • prudent — et sage, qui prouvoit à ce qu il doit faire ou laisser, Prudens, Circunspectus. Prudent conseil, Scitum consilium …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • prudent — Prudent, [pruden]te. adj. Qui a de la Prudence, qui est doüé de Prudence. C est un homme tres prudent. une femme tres prudente. Il se dit aussi de la conduite dans les affaires du monde, & des choses qui y ont rapport. Il a tenu une conduite tres …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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