Careful or wise judgement that helps in avoiding risks or dangers.
1) He always exercises prudence with his finances.
2) My mother advised to some old- fashioned prudence when allowing me to meet someone online face-to-face.
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin prudentia, alteration of pruvidentia.
alertness, care, carefulness, cautioness, wariness, caution
brashness, carelessness, incaution, recklessness.