prudent

[ prood-nt ]SEE DEFINITION OF prudent

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRUDENT

He resolved to be as prudent as possible, and avoid, as far as he could, any altercation with Haley.

I am to be prudent and economical, of course; that's part of my trust.

A prudent person, lapsing into a dilemma, is specially discomfitted.

Will you permit me now to introduce you to your prudent friend and your fair enemy?

Very strong; and he is prudent to leave that opinion in writing.

You are so rich, and so prudent, that the word in capital letters cannot frighten you.

She is a very good woman—very; but it's prudent not to vex her.

The feeling of a prudent man for an enemy who is too formidable safely to be opposed.

This was not only a prudent, it was a just and a generous determination.

They move on and on, never turning for a cry or prudent warning.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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