prudence

Use the noun prudence to describe sensible decisions about everyday life, like the prudence of people who spend their money wisely, saving as much as they can.

Prudence can also describe the skill of side-stepping trouble or embarrassment, like having the prudence to avoid risks or the prudence to prepare for the unexpected, like packing a change of clothes in case the weather changes or your dinner reservations turn out to be at a fancy restaurant. Prudence comes from the Latin word prudentia, which means "foresight, sagacity."

Definitions of prudence
  1. noun
    discretion in practical affairs
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    Antonyms:
    imprudence
    a lack of caution in practical affairs
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    providence
    the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources
    frugality, frugalness
    prudence in avoiding waste
    foresight, foresightedness, foresightfulness
    providence by virtue of planning prudently for the future
    parsimoniousness, parsimony, penny-pinching, thrift
    extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
    economy, thriftiness
    frugality in the expenditure of money or resources
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    natural virtue
    (scholasticism) one of the four virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) derived from nature
    discernment, discretion
    the trait of judging wisely and objectively
  2. noun
    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
    synonyms: circumspection, discreetness, discretion
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    confidentiality
    discretion in keeping secret information
    type of:
    discernment, judgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity
    the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
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