Prudence Pru"dence, n. [F., fr. L. prudentia, contr. from providentia. See {Prudent}, and cf. {Providence}.] The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality. [1913 Webster]

Prudence is principally in reference to actions to be done, and due means, order, seasons, and method of doing or not doing. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

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. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Wisdom; forecast; providence; considerateness; judiciousness; discretion; caution; circumspection; judgment. See {Wisdom}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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