Good judgment or wisdom gained from experience and knowledge, expressed in a realistic and frugal attitude. Prudence, however, is not the same as grave caution or wariness concerned only with preserving the status quo. If there is no real cause for fear, prudence lies in avoiding excessive deliberations and in the readiness to sacrifice today's gain for tomorrow's greater gain.

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  • When my roommates were planning to go out partying on New Year's Eve night, I advised them to exercise prudence in their choice of entertainment, as there would be many revelers out that night and not all had good intentions.

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  • Younger entrepreneurs have the energy to make great things happen; more experienced entrepreneurs possess the prudence to make cautious, but well-informed decisions.

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  • After many years working in real estate, he has the prudence to know when to buy and went not to buy a rental property.

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