What is one word for a person who thinks before they act? Like they think of the effects of doing something before they actually do it.

Example sentence: Ally is________, she always thinks before acting.

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    @StoneyB I initially read it that way myself but they're looking for the opposite .. cautious ?
    – Tom22
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 23:50
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    The title is the complete opposite of what you're looking for. Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 23:59
  • Obviously, it's evislupmi.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 0:19
  • But if you want a person who doesn't act before thinking I'd go with indolent.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 0:20
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    sensible, rational
    – JMP
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 5:11

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Prudent is what I'd go with, but there's also:

Cautious: adjective 1. showing, using, or characterized by alertness and prudence


deliberate dicitonary.com definition of deliberate

[adjective dih-lib-er-it; verb dih-lib-uh-reyt] adjective

1. carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.

2. characterized by deliberation or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding:



  1. wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.
    2. careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision.



The word "circumspect" fits well with your given example.

circumspect (adj.)

  1. heedful of potential consequences

Here are a few examples that may assist you:

Incisive |in'sīsiv| adj. – (of a person or mental process) intelligently analytical and clear-thinking

Rational |raSH(ə)n(ə)l| adj. – based on or in accordance with reason or logic - (of a person) able to think clearly, sensibly, and logically

Sensible |'sensəb(ə)l| adj. – (of a statement or course of action) chosen in accordance with wisdom or prudence; likely to be of benefit - (of a person) possessing or displaying prudence

Judicious |jo͞o'diSHəs| adj. – having, showing, or done with good judgement or sense

Discerning |d'sərniNG| adj. – having or showing good judgement

Prudent |'pro͞odnt| adj. – acting with or showing care and thought for the future


foresighted (adj), "Ally is foresighted, she always thinks before acting".


the ability to judge correctly what is going to happen in the future and plan your actions based on this knowledge:

  • The question asks for a word that indicates that thinking is done, not that the thinking is correct.
    – Ben Voigt
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 2:44

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