Definition of


  1. (adj, all) careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
    prudent rulers
    prudent hesitation
    more prudent to hide than to fight

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Alternate forms of Prudent

Derivations: prudence

Origin of the word Prudent

  1. late 14c., from Fr. prudent (c.1300), from L. prudentem (nom. prudens) "knowing, skilled, sagacious, circumspect;" rarely in lit. sense "foreseeing;" contraction of providens, prp. of providere "to foresee" (see provide). Related: Prudential (c.1400). more

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