(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.Milton.
2. Frugal; economical; not extravagant; as, a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money.
Syn. Cautious; wary; circumspect; considerate; discreet; judicious; provident; economical; frugal.
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.Garrick.
(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.