• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prudent careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment "a prudent manager","prudent rulers","prudent hesitation","more prudent to hide than to fight"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prudent Frugal; economical; not extravagant; as, a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money.
    • Prudent 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prudent Thoughtful; judicious; sagacious; sensible.
    • prudent Careful of self-interest; provident; politic; worldly-wise.
    • prudent Discreet; circumspect; decorous.
    • prudent Judicious; wise; prudential.
    • prudent Synonyms Careful, circumspect, etc. See cautious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prudent prōō′dent cautious and wise in conduct: careful: discreet: dictated by forethought: frugal
    • n Prudent a matter for prudence (generally pl.)
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  • Euripides
    “Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “Chance generally favors the prudent.”
  • Euripides
    “Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.”
  • Anatole France
    “That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Prudent men woo thrifty women.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prudens, -entis, contr. from providens,: cf. F. prudent,. See Provident


In literature:

He ought to have been prudent for Lucia's sake.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
I make no apology for being prudent.
"The Inner Shrine" by Basil King
And Aias, ere he left his father's door, Made foolish answer to his prudent sire.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
For strategic reasons, Tom deemed it prudent to fall back; but as he did so, he picked up a couple of good-sized stones.
"The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army" by Oliver Optic
Oftentimes his belly draws laughter on a silly man, who among the prudent comes.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
But for what cause I put him to death, with what policy and prudent forethought, now hear.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
It was prudent to let the matter drop for a while.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
A brief stay in the city was thought prudent lest the hunters might be on the pursuit.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
He is not angry, desperate, indignant, but phlegmatically prudent, face to face with the ruin of his country.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
The prize was too great not to be attempted by so very prudent a gentleman.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

O 'tis a lovely thing to see
A man of prudent heart,
Whose thoughts, and lips, and life agree
To act a useful part.
"Hymn 36" by Isaac Watts
I said, that is a prudent fair
Who has the true idea of living,
And would not on the "desert air,"
Her fragrance still be giving.
"To Lizzie" by James Avis Bartley
The ploughed field and the fallow field
They sang a prudent song to me;
We bide all year and take our yield
Or barrenness as case may be.
"Generations (The ploughed field and the fallow field)" by Ivor Gurney
A prudent, gentle, loving wife,
The boon most precious to the life
Of him to whom her all is given,
Save love of God, and hope of heaven.
"Woman" by Janet Hamilton
O'Connell work'd with wondrous skill,
With silv'ry tongue, and prudent head,
With patriotic heart and will,
To ease Oppression's crushing tread.
"Thomas Moore" by Thomas Frederick Young
Since none the hour, or time can say,
Then let us watch both night and day,
And, like the prudent virgins, stand,
Each with his lamp lit in his hand.
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard

In news:

CHARLOTTESVILLE Prudent shot selection served Maryland well in its upset at Johns Hopkins last week.
Prudent agents will still review a home inspector 's report with their clients, but in the end it seems to me that the obligation, and the risk, all fall on the shoulders of the home inspector .
Opting in to Medicaid 'prudent.
Since Franklin County borders Quebec and Ontario provinces, it is prudent to know the similarities and the differences in their vehicle and traffic laws and regulations.
Undoubtedly, other software applications will soon enable bankers to overcome spreadsheet inertia and prudently change their direction.
Still, just knowing of the possibility, it's prudent to prepare .
However, most commissions refuse to allow utilities to grow their rate base unless they first prove the costs resulted from prudent decision making.
Have seized control of the domestic agenda with calls for spending cuts, the Obama administration has reacted by striking a prudent , middling course.
The New York Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act.
Photo by Gian DeLoia – Mayor Guillermo Udarbe and members of the Ridgway Borough Council discuss the "Return to Prudent Banking Act.".
The Ridgway Borough Council voted in favor of adopting a resolution in support of H.R 1489, "The Return to Prudent Banking Act," during last night's regular council meeting.
Now's the time to make prudent health choices.
Syndicate content prudent investor rule.
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Commission tells Sprint Nextel 'reasonable, prudent ' OK. Forgot Your Password.

In science:

Another feature of prudent walks that should be borne in mind is that they are, generally speaking, not reversible.
Prudent walks and polygons
If a path from the origin to the end-point defines a prudent walk, it is unlikely that the path from the end-point to the origin will also be a prudent walk.
Prudent walks and polygons
This model differs from prudent walks in that different probabilities are assigned to different walks, depending on the number of allowable choices that can be made at each step.
Prudent walks and polygons
For the problem of prudent walks, all realisations of n-step walks are taken to be equally likely.
Prudent walks and polygons
The information that needs to be stored in a configuration depends on which sub-class of prudent walks or polygons we are counting.
Prudent walks and polygons