Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


The stations were invaded by families like mine, who thought it more prudent to emigrate.

Now, Denas was not more prudent than young girls usually are.

Recommend him to be more prudent in future if he wishes me to forget his escapade at Tavora.

“I should have deemed it more prudent to have said nothing, Ralph,” answered the other quietly.

I was wrong, but I determined to be more prudent for the future.

I presume she thought it would be more prudent, in the case of any interruption.

The dawn of that day showed him that his enemies had been more prudent than he.

On second thoughts, he concluded it would be more prudent to let them alone.

But silence was perhaps the more prudent, and, therefore, she said nothing.

His father, more prudent than he, flew low, and reached Greece in safety.


late 14c., from Old French prudent "with knowledge, deliberate" (c.1300), from Latin prudentem (nominative prudens) "knowing, skilled, sagacious, circumspect;" rarely in literal sense "foreseeing;" contraction of providens, present participle of providere "to foresee" (see provide). Related: Prudently.