From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prudence \Pru"dence\, n. [F., fr. L. prudentia, contr. from
   providentia. See Prudent, and cf. Providence.]
   The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of
   caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also,
   economy; frugality.
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         Prudence is principally in reference to actions to be
         done, and due means, order, seasons, and method of
         doing or not doing.                      --Sir M. Hale.
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         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. --Whewell.
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   Syn: Wisdom; forecast; providence; considerateness;
        judiciousness; discretion; caution; circumspection;
        judgment. See Wisdom.
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