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Wisdom vs. Prudence

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Wisdomnoun

(uncountable) An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.

Prudencenoun

The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.

Wisdomnoun

(countable) A piece of wise advice.

Prudencenoun

The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.

‘Prudence is principally in reference to actions to be done, and due means, order, seasons, and method of doing or not doing.’; ‘Prudence supposes the value of the end to be assumed, and refers only to the adaptation of the means. It is the relation of right means for given ends.’;

Wisdomnoun

The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.

Prudencenoun

discretion in practical affairs

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Wisdomnoun

The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.

Prudencenoun

knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress;

‘the servants showed great tact and discretion’;

Wisdomnoun

The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.

Prudencenoun

the quality of being prudent; cautiousness

‘we need to exercise prudence in such important matters’;

Wisdomnoun

(theology) The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.

Prudence

Prudence (Latin: prudentia, contracted from providentia meaning ) is the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason. It is classically considered to be a virtue, and in particular one of the four Cardinal virtues (which are, with the three theological virtues, part of the seven virtues).

‘seeing ahead, sagacity’;

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Wisdomnoun

The quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and judgment; discretion; sagacity; skill; dexterity.

‘We speak also not in wise words of man's wisdom, but in the doctrine of the spirit.’; ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.’; ‘It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity and wisdom that they will yield everything to reason, and refuse everything to force.’; ‘Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.’;

Wisdomnoun

The results of wise judgments; scientific or practical truth; acquired knowledge; erudition.

‘Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.’; ‘Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwellsIn heads replete with thoughts of other men;Wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.Knowledge, a rude, unprofitable mass,The mere materials with which wisdom builds,Till smoothed, and squared, and fitted to its place,Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.’;

Wisdomnoun

accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment

Wisdomnoun

the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

Wisdomnoun

ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

Wisdomnoun

the quality of being prudent and sensible

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Wisdomnoun

an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC

Wisdom

Wisdom, sapience, or sagacity is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.Wisdom has been defined in many different ways, including several distinct approaches to assess the characteristics attributed to wisdom.

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