prudent, prudential, prudish
While prudent is a judgemental word meaning ‘circumspect, judicious’, prudential is merely descriptive in identifying actions and attitudes that have to do with prudence, e.g. prudential motives are motives determined by considerations of prudence. To complete the picture, prudish is an entirely distinct word and means ‘affecting extreme modesty or propriety in sexual matters’.

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  • prudent — pru‧dent [ˈpruːdnt] adjective 1. sensible and careful, especially by trying to avoid unnecessary risks: • These must be prudent loans requiring the buyer to put in significant capital. 2. ACCOUNTING following the rule that a business should not… …   Financial and business terms

  • prudent — 1 judicious, sensible, sane, *wise, sage, sapient Analogous words: *intelligent, brilliant, bright, smart, alert: *shrewd, perspicacious, sagacious, astute: disciplined, schooled (see TEACH) 2 provident, foresighted, forethoughtful, discreet (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Prudent — Pru dent, a. [L. prudens, entis, contr. from providens: cf. F. prudent. See {Provident}.] 1. Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; practically wise; judicious; careful; discreet;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prudent — prudent, ente (pru dan, dan t ) adj. 1°   Qui a de la prudence. •   C était la femme prudente qui est donnée proprement par le Seigneur, BOSSUET Mar. Thér.. •   Plus prudent dans les affaires du siècle que le ministre de la pénitence, qui souvent …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • prudent — pru·dent / prüd ənt/ adj: characterized by, arising from, or showing prudence pru·dent·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. prudent …   Law dictionary

  • prudent — late 14c., from Fr. prudent (c.1300), from L. prudentem (nom. prudens) knowing, skilled, sagacious, circumspect; rarely in lit. sense foreseeing; contraction of providens, prp. of providere to foresee (see PROVIDE (Cf. provide)). Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • prudent — Prudent, [pruden]te. adj. Qui a de la Prudence, qui est doüé de Prudence. C est un homme tres prudent. une femme tres prudente. Il se dit aussi de la conduite dans les affaires du monde, & des choses qui y ont rapport. Il a tenu une conduite tres …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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