Describe an action as prudent if it is the wise thing to do under the existing circumstances. If you're getting in trouble, it is probably prudent to keep your mouth closed and just listen.
If you show good and careful judgment when handling practical matters, you can be described as prudent. Similarly, a wise and well-thought-through decision or action can be called prudent. The word comes from a contracted form of the Latin prōvidēns from the verb "to foresee." The English word provident "wise in planning for the future" is the non-contracted descendent of the same Latin root.
adj careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
exercising caution or showing care or attention
providing carefully for the future
heedful of potential consequences
heady, judicious, wise
marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
careful in regard to your own interests
arising from or characterized by prudence especially in business matters
worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable
having or prompted by wisdom or discernment
not prudent or wise
marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful
not provident; not providing for the future
ill-considered, ill-judged, improvident, shortsighted
not given careful consideration
lacking or showing lack of judgment or discretion; unwise
imprudently incurring risk
devoid of good sense or judgment
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