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. "Moses established a grave and prudent law." (Milton)

2. Frugal; economical; not extravagant; as, a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money.

Synonyms: Cautious, wary, circumspect, considerate, discreet, judicious, provident, economical, frugal.

Origin: L. Prudens, -entis, contr. From providens: cf. F. Prudent. See Provident.

(01 Mar 1998)

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