Definition of prudent in English:



  • Acting with or showing care and thought for the future.

    ‘no prudent money manager would authorize a loan without first knowing its purpose’
    • ‘Building from the bottom up may be more prudent than throwing money at the top.’
    • ‘The action demanded by the ministerial task force is both sensible and prudent.’
    • ‘With prudent money management you can beat the downward trend in rates and earn a good return on your savings.’
    • ‘Jean didn't drink any wine over dinner and I assumed he was being medically prudent.’
    • ‘Some shareholders are expected to query whether this would be the most prudent use of the money.’
    • ‘Both countries continue to spend far more on arms than is prudent or necessary.’
    • ‘Be prudent and avoid a negative person who can instigate a confrontation at work.’
    • ‘It is prudent to do a Treadmill test since you are middle aged and your lipid profile is abnormal.’
    • ‘Some would call this coolly rational behaviour selfish, others prudent, but the one thing it is not is panic.’
    • ‘You need to be prudent in relationships and careful in money transactions today!’
    • ‘Auditors have praised Greenwich Council for its prudent management of public money.’
    • ‘It seems that, despite rising consumer confidence, we may have become more prudent with our money.’
    • ‘It would be prudent to replace it as soon as possible to prevent future problems.’
    • ‘It would not have been prudent to spend money from charity funds until we received the go-ahead.’
    • ‘If you make up your mind to live from writing, it is prudent to make certain that your work is good, he added.’
    • ‘However, the argument should be about what it is right to do, not about what it is politically prudent to do.’
    • ‘A much more prudent approach would have helped prevent getting into this amount of debt.’
    • ‘They are all well-run, prudent clubs who survive and sometimes prosper year in, year out.’
    • ‘She added the checks were something any prudent company would do following an accident.’
    • ‘It is prudent for any portfolio to have some exposure to commodities, but I would not go piling into gold.’
    wise, well judged, judicious, sagacious, sage, shrewd, advisable, well advised, politic, sensible, commonsensical
    cautious, careful, canny, chary, wary, circumspect, far-sighted, forearmed
    thrifty, provident, economical, canny, sparing, frugal, abstemious, scrimping
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin prudent-, contraction of provident- ‘foreseeing, attending to’ (see provident).