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prudence

See also: Prudence

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French prudence.

NounEdit

prudence (uncountable)

  1. The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.
    • 1876, Samuel Austin Allibone, Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay, J.B. Lippincott, page 597,
      Prudence is principally in reference to actions to be done, and due means, order, seasons, and method of doing or not doing. - Sir Matthew Hale.
      Prudence supposes the value of the end to be assumed, and refers only to the adaptation of the means. It is the relation of right means for given ends. - William Whewell.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin prudentia, contrast from providentia. See prudent, and confer providence.

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NounEdit

prudence f (plural prudences)

  1. Prudence, caution, care

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