Definition of prudent in US English:



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

    ‘no prudent money manager would authorize a loan without first knowing its purpose’
    • ‘It is prudent for any portfolio to have some exposure to commodities, but I would not go piling into gold.’
    • ‘The action demanded by the ministerial task force is both sensible and prudent.’
    • ‘It is prudent to do a Treadmill test since you are middle aged and your lipid profile is abnormal.’
    • ‘If you make up your mind to live from writing, it is prudent to make certain that your work is good, he added.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘With prudent money management you can beat the downward trend in rates and earn a good return on your savings.’
    • ‘Both countries continue to spend far more on arms than is prudent or necessary.’
    • ‘They are all well-run, prudent clubs who survive and sometimes prosper year in, year out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A much more prudent approach would have helped prevent getting into this amount of debt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Be prudent and avoid a negative person who can instigate a confrontation at work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She added the checks were something any prudent company would do following an accident.’
    • ‘Building from the bottom up may be more prudent than throwing money at the top.’
    • ‘However, the argument should be about what it is right to do, not about what it is politically prudent to do.’
    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).