Definition of prudent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpruːdnt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpruːdnt//
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sensible and careful when you make judgements and decisions; avoiding unnecessary risks a prudent businessman a prudent decision/investment It might be more prudent to get a second opinion before going ahead. opposite imprudent Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin prudent-, contraction of provident- ‘foreseeing, attending to’, from the verb providere ‘foresee, attend to’, from pro- ‘before’ + videre ‘to see’.Extra examples We thought it prudent to telephone first. He had borrowed a little more than was prudent. I think you made a prudent choice. Most prudent employers see the benefit of having an organized workforce. She has always been a prudent businesswoman. The minister had a reputation for being prudent and discreet. What do you think is the most prudent course of action?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prudent