Prudent Pru"dent, a. [L. prudens, -entis, contr. from providens: cf. F. prudent. See {Provident}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Moses established a grave and prudent law. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Frugal; economical; not extravagant; as, a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Cautious; wary; circumspect; considerate; discreet; judicious; provident; economical; frugal. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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