Definitions for: Prudence

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: circumspection, discreetness, discretion

Antonyms: imprudence

See Also: confidentiality, discernment, discernment, discretion, frugality, frugalness, judgement, judgment, natural virtue, providence, sagaciousness, sagacity

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