1、It is the contraction of providence.
mid-14c. (c. 1200 as a surname), mid-14c., "intelligence; discretion, foresight; wisdom to see what is suitable or profitable;" also one of the four cardinal virtues, "wisdom to see what is virtuous;" from Old French prudence (13c.) and directly from Latin prudentia "a foreseeing, foresight, sagacity, practical judgment," contraction of providentia "foresight" (see providence). Secondary sense of "wisdom" (late 14c.) is preserved in jurisprudence.
fem. proper name; see prudence.
1. Western businessmen are showing remarkable prudence in investing in the region.
2. Britain has warned travellers to exercise prudence and care.
3. A lack of prudence may lead to financial problems.
4. The happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.