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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Prudence  \Pru"dence\,  n.  [F.,  fr  L.  prudentia,  contr.  from 
  providentia.  See  {Prudent},  and  cf  {Providence}.] 
  The  quality  or  state  of  being  prudent;  wisdom  in  the  way  of 
  caution  and  provision;  discretion;  carefulness;  hence  also 
  economy;  frugality. 
 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  Wisdom;  forecast;  providence;  considerateness; 
  judiciousness;  discretion;  caution;  circumspection; 
  judgment.  See  {Wisdom}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  prudence 
  n  1:  discretion  in  practical  affairs  [ant:  {imprudence}] 
  2:  knowing  how  to  avoid  embarrassment  or  distress;  "the 
  servants  showed  great  tact  and  discretion"  [syn:  {discretion}, 
  {discreetness},  {circumspection}] 




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