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’.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • prudish — 1717, from PRUDE (Cf. prude) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Prudishly; prudishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • prudish — *prim, priggish, prissy, puritanical, straitlaced, stuffy Analogous words: *rigid, strict: stern, *severe, austere: formal, conventional, solemn (see CEREMONIAL) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • prudish — [pro͞o′dish] adj. like or characteristic of a prude; too modest or proper prudishly adv. prudishness n …   English World dictionary

  • prudish — adj. prudish about * * * [ pruːdɪʃ] prudish about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • prudish — [[t]pru͟ːdɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as prudish, you mean that they are too easily shocked by things relating to sex. I m not prudish but I think these photographs are obscene. Derived words: prudishness N UNCOUNT… …   English dictionary

  • prudish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. prim, demure, precious, affected, precise. See affectation. Ant., liberal, open. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. overnice, stilted, mincing, precise, narrow minded, illiberal, bigoted, prissy, priggish …   English dictionary for students

  • prudish — prud|ish [ˈpru:dıʃ] adj very easily shocked by things relating to sex used to show disapproval ▪ American culture is in many ways still fairly prudish. >prudery n [U] >prudishly adv >prudishness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prudish — adjective it s unusual to find someone so young and yet so prudish Syn: puritanical, priggish, prim, prim and proper, moralistic, pietistic, sententious, censorious, straitlaced, Victorian, old maidish, governessy, fussy, stuffy, strict; informal …   Thesaurus of popular words

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