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Synonyms for prudence
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prudence(noun)

    discretion in practical affairs

    discretion, circumspection, discreetness


  2. discretion, discreetness, circumspection, prudence(noun)

    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

    "the servants showed great tact and discretion"

    discreetness, circumspection, free will, delicacy, diplomacy, discretion, caution, finesse, discernment



  1. prudence(noun)

    providence, caution, discretion, considerateness, circumspection, judgment, judiciousness, wisdom, forecast

    recklessness, rashness, imprudence

  2. prudence(noun)

    The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.

    wisdom, considerateness, judiciousness, judgment, providence, caution, discretion, forecast, circumspection

    rashness, recklessness, imprudence

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. prudence

    Prudence may be briefly defined as good judgment and foresight, inclining to caution and frugality in practical affairs. Care may respect only the present; prudence and providence look far ahead and sacrifice the present to the future, prudence watching, saving, guarding, providence planning, doing, preparing, and perhaps expending largely to meet the future demand. Frugality is in many cases one form of prudence. In a besieged city prudence will reduce the rations, providence will strain every nerve to introduce supplies and to raise the siege. Foresight merely sees the future, and may even lead to the recklessness and desperation to which prudence and providence are so strongly opposed. Forethought is thinking in accordance with wise views of the future, and is nearly equivalent to providence, but it is a more popular and less comprehensive term; we speak of man's forethought, God's providence. Compare CARE; FRUGALITY; WISDOM.

    care, carefulness, caution, circumspection, consideration, discretion, forecast, foresight, forethought, frugality, judgment, judiciousness, providence, wisdom

    folly, heedlessness, improvidence, imprudence, indiscretion, prodigality, rashness, recklessness, thoughtlessness, wastefulness

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. prudence(n.)

    discretion (accompanied with forecast), caution, carefulness, circumspection, considerateness, common sense, judiciousness, judgment, wisdom (applied to the ordinary affairs of life), sense, tact, GUMPTION, ballast

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. prudence(n)

    discretion, caution

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  1. List of paraphrases for "prudence":

    caution, cautiousness, wisdom, precaution, circumspection, prudent, prudential, care, cautious, careful

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  1. Pope Francis:

    Without doubt, even moments of great difficulty, of tormented decisions of Christian and human prudence, that to some could have seemed like reticence, were instead attempts, humanly very difficult, to keep the light of humanitarian initiatives, of hidden but active diplomacy lit, in periods of greatest darkness and cruelty, in the hope of a possible opening of hearts.

  2. Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues:

    You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character.

  3. Antonio Costa:

    Prudence above all, the spread of the pandemic is slowing but we have not reached the day that we can lift measures restricting movement. We can only do it when the trasmission risk is under control.

  4. Democritus:

    Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.

  5. California Governor Jerry Brown:

    This is a sound, well thought-out budget, yet, the work never ends and in the coming months we’ll have to manage our resources with the utmost prudence.

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