Prudent vs Risky - What's the difference?

prudent | risky |


As a proper noun prudent

is .

As an adjective risky is

dangerous, involving risks.

prudent

English

(Webster 1913)

Adjective

(en 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;
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1864 , author=Jules Verne , title=A Journey to the Center of the Earth , chapter=30 citation , passage=He did not hesitate what to do. It would be prudent to continue on to Omaha, for it would be dangerous to return to the train, which the Indians might still be engaged in pillaging.}}
  • * Moses established a grave and prudent law . --Milton.
  • Practically wise, judicious, shrewd
  • ''His prudent career moves reliably brought him to the top
  • Frugal; economical; not extravagant;
  • Only prudent expenditure may provide quality within a restrictive budget

    Derived terms

    * prudence * prudently

    Synonyms

    * cautious, wary, circumspect, considerate, discreet, judicious, provident, economical, frugal, sagacious, sensible, careful, wise, reasonable

    Antonyms

    * imprudent

    Anagrams

    * ----

    risky

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Dangerous, involving risks.
  • Investing in this start-up company could be risky .

    Synonyms

    * hazardous, dangerous, perilous

    Antonyms

    * riskless, safe