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prudent
used in Pride and Prejudice

19 uses
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sensible and careful
  • Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent motive?
    Chapter 27 (59% in)
prudent = sensible and careful
  • A man of honour could not have doubted the intention, but Mr. Darcy chose to doubt it—or to treat it as a merely conditional recommendation, and to assert that I had forfeited all claim to it by extravagance, imprudence—in short anything or nothing.
    Chapter 16 (49% in)
  • Consider Mr. Collins's respectability, and Charlotte's steady, prudent character.
    Chapter 24 (44% in)
  • Without supposing them, from what she saw, to be very seriously in love, their preference of each other was plain enough to make her a little uneasy; and she resolved to speak to Elizabeth on the subject before she left Hertfordshire, and represent to her the imprudence of encouraging such an attachment.
    Chapter 25 (86% in)
  • I see the imprudence of it.
    Chapter 26 (12% in)
  • She seems perfectly happy, however, and in a prudential light it is certainly a very good match for her.
    Chapter 32 (37% in)
  • She was then but fifteen, which must be her excuse; and after stating her imprudence, I am happy to add, that I owed the knowledge of it to herself.
    Chapter 35 (88% in)
  • Elizabeth had frequently united with Jane in an endeavour to check the imprudence of Catherine and Lydia; but while they were supported by their mother's indulgence, what chance could there be of improvement?
    Chapter 37 (74% in)
  • But Mr. Bennet was not of a disposition to seek comfort for the disappointment which his own imprudence had brought on, in any of those pleasures which too often console the unfortunate for their folly of their vice.
    Chapter 42 (6% in)
  • Miss Bingley saw all this likewise; and, in the imprudence of anger, took the first opportunity of saying, with sneering civility: "Pray, Miss Eliza, are not the ——shire Militia removed from Meryton?
    Chapter 45 (45% in)
  • Their mutual affection will steady them; and I flatter myself they will settle so quietly, and live in so rational a manner, as may in time make their past imprudence forgotten.
    Chapter 49 (65% in)
  • He promises fairly; and I hope among different people, where they may each have a character to preserve, they will both be more prudent.
    Chapter 50 (78% in)
  • His understanding and opinions all please me; he wants nothing but a little more liveliness, and that, if he marry prudently, his wife may teach him.
    Chapter 52 (58% in)
  • Her prudent mother, occupied by the same ideas, forbore to invite him to sit by herself.
    Chapter 54 (22% in)
  • Imprudence or thoughtlessness in money matters would be unpardonable in me.
    Chapter 55 (68% in)

There are no more uses of "prudent" flagged with this meaning in Pride and Prejudice.

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?  —4 uses
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  • Because honour, decorum, prudence, nay, interest, forbid it.
    Chapter 56 (54% in)
  • You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me, that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger security for happiness.
    Chapter 24 (52% in)
  • But there was still something lurking behind, of which prudence forbade the disclosure.
    Chapter 40 (64% in)
  • Though her brother and sister were persuaded that there was no real occasion for such a seclusion from the family, they did not attempt to oppose it, for they knew that she had not prudence enough to hold her tongue before the servants, while they waited at table, and judged it better that one only of the household, and the one whom they could most trust should comprehend all her fears and solicitude on the subject.
    Chapter 47 (60% in)

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