Definition of phronesis in English:

phronesis

noun

  • 1Wisdom personified. Now rare (historical in later use).

  • 2Chiefly Philosophy. Practical understanding; wisdom, prudence; sound judgement.

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Skelton (c1460–1529), poet. From classical Latin phronēsis wisdom, in post-classical Latin also wisdom personified from ancient Greek ϕρόνησις thought, sense, judgement, practical wisdom, prudence from ϕρονεῖν to think, to have understanding, to be wise, prudent + -σις.

Pronunciation

phronesis

/frə(ʊ)ˈniːsɪs/