ETYM French, from Latin prudentia, contr. from providentia. Related to Prudent, Providence.
1. The ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.
2. Sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs.
3. Skill and good judgment in the use of resources.
4. Caution or circumspection as to danger or risk.
5. Discretion in practical affairs.