prudent pru‧dent [ˈpruːdnt] adjective
1. sensible and careful, especially by trying to avoid unnecessary risks:

• These must be prudent loans requiring the buyer to put in significant capital.

2. ACCOUNTING following the rule that a business should not state an asset value, possible profit etc to be bigger, or a possible loss to be smaller, than it actually might be; = CONSERVATIVE
— prudently adverb :

• The firm should have acted more prudently with their investors' money.

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prudent UK US /ˈpruːdənt/ adjective
careful in the way that you make decisions or spend money so that you avoid unnecessary risks: »

They insisted that the deal is fiscally prudent and would not put the city budget at risk.

prudent to do sth »

It would be prudent to delay interest rate cuts until early next year.


prudent financial planning

ACCOUNTING prudent accounting is based on the principle of not showing assets or profits to be greater than they might be, or losses to be smaller than they might be, in a company's accounts: »

Normal prudent accounting principles require that prepayments should be written down where it can be seen that they will not be fully recoverable.

prudently /ˈpruːdəntli/ adverb

Failure on the part of banks to act prudently has resulted in a global recession.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Prudently — Pru dent*ly, adv. In a prudent manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prudently — prudent ► ADJECTIVE ▪ acting with or showing care and thought for the future. DERIVATIVES prudence noun prudently adverb. ORIGIN Latin prudens, from providens foreseeing …   English terms dictionary

  • prudently — adverb in a prudent manner I had allotted my own bedroom for necking, prudently removing both the bed and the key, and taken both myself and my typewriter into my son s bedroom. • Syn: ↑providentially • Ant: ↑imprudently • Derived from adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • prudently contrived — index politic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prudently — adverb see prudent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prudently — See prudent. * * * …   Universalium

  • prudently — adverb In a prudent manner …   Wiktionary

  • prudently — pruːdntlɪ adv. judiciously, intelligently; wisely, shrewdly; carefully, cautiously; frugally, thriftily, economically …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prudently — pru·dent·ly …   English syllables

  • prudently — See: prudent …   English dictionary

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