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Cautious vs. Prudent

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  • Cautious (adjective)

    careful; using or exercising caution; tentative

    "He took a few cautious steps toward the cave."

  • Prudent (adjective)

    Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; careful, discreet, sensible; — opposed to rash; directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence

  • Prudent (adjective)

    Practically wise, judicious, shrewd

    "His prudent career moves reliably brought him to the top"

  • Prudent (adjective)

    Frugal; economical; not extravagant;

    "Only prudent expenditure may provide quality within a restrictive budget''"

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Cautious (adjective)

    Attentive to examine probable effects and consequences of acts with a view to avoid danger or misfortune; prudent; circumspect; wary; watchful; as, a cautious general.

  • Prudent (adjective)

    Sagacious in adapting means to ends; circumspect in action, or in determining any line of conduct; practically wise; judicious; careful; discreet; sensible; - opposed to rash; as, a prudent man; dictated or directed by prudence or wise forethought; evincing prudence; as, prudent behavior.

  • Prudent (adjective)

    Frugal; economical; not extravagant; as, a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Cautious (noun)

    people who are fearful and cautious;

    "whitewater rafting is not for the timid"

  • Cautious (adjective)

    showing careful forethought;

    "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"

    "a cautious driver"

  • Cautious (adjective)

    avoiding excess;

    "a conservative estimate"

  • Cautious (adjective)

    cautious in attitude and careful in actions; prudent;

    "a cautious answer"

    "very cautious about believing everything she was told"

  • Cautious (adjective)

    unwilling to take risks

  • Prudent (adjective)

    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment;

    "a prudent manager"

    "prudent rulers"

    "prudent hesitation"

    "more prudent to hide than to fight"

  • Prudent (adjective)

    showing wise self-restraint in speech and behavior especially in preserving prudent silence;

    "maintained a prudent silence"

Princeton's WordNet

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