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Meaning of PRUDENCE

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  discretion in practical affairs
  2. [n]  knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; "the servants showed great tact and discretion"

PRUDENCE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: circumspection, discreetness, discretion
 Antonyms: imprudence
 See Also: confidentiality, discernment, discernment, discretion, frugality, frugalness, judgement, judgment, natural virtue, providence, sagaciousness, sagacity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pru"dence\, n. [F., fr. L. prudentia, contr. from
providentia. See {Prudent}, and cf. {Providence}.]
The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of
caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also,
economy; frugality.

      Prudence is principally in reference to actions to be
      done, and due means, order, seasons, and method of
      doing or not doing.                      --Sir M. Hale.

      Prudence supposes the value of the end to be assumed,
      and refers only to the adaptation of the means. It is
      the relation of right means for given ends. --Whewell.

Syn: Wisdom; forecast; providence; considerateness;
     judiciousness; discretion; caution; circumspection;
     judgment. See {Wisdom}.