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prudent

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There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things; there's likewise a wind on the heath. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die?
George Borrow
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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] prudens, prudentis, contr. from providens: confer French prudent. See provident.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈpɹuːdənt/, SAMPA: /"pru:d@nt/

Adjective

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Positive
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  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;
    Moses established a grave and prudent law. Milton.
  2. Frugal; economical; not extravagant; e.g. prudent expenditure of money.

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