prudent

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.

Definitions of prudent
  1. adjective
    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
    “a prudent manager”
    prudent rulers”
    prudent hesitation”
    “more prudent to hide than to fight”
    Synonyms:
    careful
    exercising caution or showing care or attention
    provident
    providing carefully for the future
    circumspect, discreet
    heedful of potential consequences
    heady, judicious, wise
    marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
    provident
    careful in regard to your own interests
    prudential
    arising from or characterized by prudence especially in business matters
    responsible
    worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable
    wise
    having or prompted by wisdom or discernment
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    Antonyms:
    imprudent
    not prudent or wise
    careless
    marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful
    improvident
    not provident; not providing for the future
    ill-considered, ill-judged, improvident, shortsighted
    not given careful consideration
    injudicious
    lacking or showing lack of judgment or discretion; unwise
    rash
    imprudently incurring risk
    foolish
    devoid of good sense or judgment
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