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Definition of prudent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

prudent

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈprudnt//
 
 
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sensible and careful when you make judgments 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
NAmE//ˈprudns//
 
noun [uncountable] Maybe you'll exercise a little more financial prudence next time. Thesauruscarecaution prudenceThese are all words for attention or thought that you give to something in order to avoid mistakes or accidents.care attention or thought that you give to something that you are doing so that you will do it well and avoid mistakes or damage:She chose her words with care.caution care that you take in order to avoid danger or mistakes; not taking any risks:He drove with caution on the icy roads.prudence (somewhat formal) being sensible and careful when you make judgments and decisions; avoiding unnecessary risks:The bank conducted its business with great prudence. Prudence is used particularly in financial contexts.Patterns to do something with care/caution/prudence great/extreme care/caution/prudence to use/exercise care/caution/prudence to proceed with care/caution
 
adverb They very prudently decided not to take the case to court.
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