Definition for PRU'DENCE

PRU'DENCE, n. [Fr. from L. prudentia; It. prudenza; Sp. prudencia. See Prude.]

Wisdom applied to practice. – Johnson. Prudence implies caution in deliberating and consulting on the most suitable means to accomplish valuable purposes, and the exercise of sagacity in discerning and selecting them. Prudence differs from wisdom in this, that prudence implies more caution and reserve than wisdom, or is exercised more in foreseeing and avoiding evil, than in devising and executing that which is good. It is sometimes mere caution or circumspection. Prudence is principally in reference to actions to be done, and due means, order, season and method of doing or not doing. – Hale.

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