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Definition of "prudence" [pru•dence]

  • The state, quality, or fact of being prudent. (noun)
  • Careful management; economy. (noun)
  • Caution in practical affairs; discretion or circumspection (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Care taken in the management of one's resources (noun)
  • Consideration for one's own interests (noun)
  • The condition or quality of being prudent (noun)

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Use "prudence" in a sentence
  • "And Zeno of Cittium seems to incline somewhat to the same view, as he defines prudence in distribution as justice, in choice as self-control, in endurance as fortitude: and those who defend these views maintain that by the term prudence Zeno means knowledge."
  • "Says it's logical for McCain to show what he called prudence in the election cycle."
  • "In what we call prudence, caution, and care, fear undoubtedly plays some part, and"