(Pru"den*cy) n. Prudence. [Obs.] Hakluyt.

(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; sensible; — opposed to rash; as, a prudent man; dictated or directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence; as, prudent behavior.

Moses established a grave and prudent law.

2. Frugal; economical; not extravagant; as, a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money.

Syn. — Cautious; wary; circumspect; considerate; discreet; judicious; provident; economical; frugal.

(Pru*den"tial) a.

1. Proceeding from, or dictated or characterized by, prudence; prudent; discreet; sometimes, selfish or pecuniary as distinguished from higher motives or influences; as, prudential motives. " A prudential line of conduct." Sir W. Scott.

2. Exercising prudence; discretionary; advisory; superintending or executive; as, a prudential committee.

(Pru*den"tial), n. That which relates to or demands the exercise of, discretion or prudence; — usually in the pl.

Many stanzas, in poetic measures, contain rules relating to common prudentials as well as to religion.
I. Watts.

(Pru*den"tial*ist), n. One who is governed by, or acts from, prudential motives. [R.] Coleridge.

(Pru*den`ti*al"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being prudential. Sir T. Browne.

(Pru*den"tial*ly) adv. In a prudential manner; prudently. South.

(Pru"dent*ly) adv. In a prudent manner.

(Prud"er*y) n.; pl. Pruderies [F. pruderie. See Prude.] The quality or state of being prudish; excessive or affected scrupulousness in speech or conduct; stiffness; coyness. Cowper.

(Prud*homme") n. [F. prud'homme. cf. Prude.] A trustworthy citizen; a skilled workman. See Citation under 3d Commune, 1.

(Prud"ish) a. Like a prude; very formal, precise, or reserved; affectedly severe in virtue; as, a prudish woman; prudish manners.

A formal lecture, spoke with prudish face.

(Prud"ish*ly), adv. In a prudish manner.

(Pru"i*nate) a. Same as Pruinose.

(Pru"i*nose`) a. [L. pruinosus, fr. pruina hoarfrost.] Frosty; covered with fine scales, hairs, dust, bloom, or the like, so as to give the appearance of frost.

(Pru"i*nous) a. Frosty; pruinose.

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