Definition of Prudence

1. Noun. Discretion in practical affairs.

Generic synonyms: Natural Virtue, Discernment, Discretion
Specialized synonyms: Providence, Frugality, Frugalness
Antonyms: Imprudence
Derivative terms: Prudential



2. Noun. Knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress. "The servants showed great tact and discretion"
Exact synonyms: Circumspection, Discreetness, Discretion
Generic synonyms: Discernment, Judgement, Judgment, Sagaciousness, Sagacity
Specialized synonyms: Confidentiality
Derivative terms: Discreet, Prudent

Definition of Prudence

1. n. The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.

Definition of Prudence

1. Proper noun. (English female given name), one of the Puritan virtue names. ¹

2. Noun. The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prudence

1. the quality of being prudent [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prudence

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proœmia
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proœmium
prucalopride
prud'-homme
prudence (current term)
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Literary usage of Prudence

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1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1897)
"But prudence is a practical virtue. We need therefore the knowledge both of universals ... But there must be an architectonic or supreme form of prudence; ..."

2. Ethics: Or, Moral Philosophy by Walter Henry Hill (1884)
"We do not denominate a person good on account of science or wisdom; one is made good by prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. ..."

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