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Dictionary Information: Definition Prudent
Thesaurus: Prudence
Description and Meaning: Prudence

  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; sensible; -- opposed to rash; as, a prudent man; dictated or directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence; as, prudent behavior. "Moses established a grave and prudent law." Milton.
2. Frugal; economical; not extravagant; as, a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money.

Synonyms -- Cautious; wary; circumspect; considerate; discreet; judicious; provident; economical; frugal.

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