Definition of prudent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpro͞odnt/


Acting with or showing care and thought for the future: no prudent money manager would authorize a loan without first knowing its purpose
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  • With prudent money management you can beat the downward trend in rates and earn a good return on your savings.
  • It would not have been prudent to spend money from charity funds until we received the go-ahead.
  • Auditors have praised Greenwich Council for its prudent management of public money.
cautious, careful, provident, farsighted, judicious, shrewd, circumspect;
thrifty, economical


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin prudent-, contraction of provident- 'foreseeing, attending to' (see provident).

Words that rhyme with prudent

imprudent, jurisprudent, student

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Syllabification: pru·dent

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