Pru"dent (?), a. [L. prudens, -entis, contr. from providens: cf. F. prudent. See Provident.]
Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; practically wise; judicious; careful; discreet; sensible; -- opposed to rash; as, a prudent man; dictated or directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence; as, prudent behavior.
Moses established a grave and prudent law.
Frugal; economical; not extravagant; as, a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money
Syn. -- Cautious; wary; circumspect; considerate; discreet; judicious; provident; economical; frugal.
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