- The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.
Etymology: From French, prudence.
- Prudence is principally in reference to actions to be done, and due means, order, seasons, and method of doing or not doing. -Sir M. Hale.
- Prudence supposes the value of the end to be assumed, and refers only to the adaptation of the means. It is the relation of right means for given ends. -Whewell.
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