prudent

See also: Prudent

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English prudent, from Old French prudent, from Latin prūdēns, contracted from prōvidēns (foresight) (English providence), the past participle of prōvideō (I forsee). Unrelated to prude.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹuːdənt/
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prudent (comparative more prudent, superlative most prudent)

  1. Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct.
    Synonyms: careful, considerate, discreet; see also Thesaurus:cautious
    • 1864, Jules Verne, chapter 30, in A Journey to the Center of the Earth[1]:
      He did not hesitate what to do. It would be prudent to continue on to Omaha, for it would be dangerous to return to the train, which the Indians might still be engaged in pillaging.
    • 1643, John Milton, Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce
      Moses established a grave and prudent law.
  2. Practically wise, judicious, shrewd.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:wise
    His prudent career moves reliably brought him to the top.
  3. Frugal, economical.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:frugal
    Antonym: extravagant
    Only prudent expenditure may provide quality within a restrictive budget.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin prūdēns.

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prudent (masculine and feminine plural prudents)

  1. prudent

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin prūdēns, prūdēntem.

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prudent (feminine singular prudente, masculine plural prudents, feminine plural prudentes)

  1. prudent, careful, cautious

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RomanianEdit

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Borrowed from French prudent.

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prudent m or n (feminine singular prudentă, masculine plural prudenți, feminine and neuter plural prudente)

  1. prudent, careful, cautious

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