I want a small word, if possible. Words from other languages or old English will also suffice. Can someone help me with this?

  • A sample sentence please.
    – lbf
    Jun 2, 2018 at 12:31
  • You must tread carefully if you want a risk-free life
    – Sclerosis
    Jun 2, 2018 at 14:20

2 Answers 2


Prudent is explicitly about planning ahead:

Oxford dictionary:

prudent adjective

Acting with or showing care and thought for the future. ‘no prudent money manager would authorize a loan without first knowing its purpose’


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin prudent-, contraction of provident- ‘foreseeing, attending to’ (see provident).

Provident is even more related to acting ahead, but refers less to being careful:

provident adjective

Making or indicative of timely preparation for the future. ‘she had learned to be provident’

Circumspect could also do.


gingerly TFD

adv. With great care or delicacy; cautiously. adj. Cautious; careful: with a gingerly step.

As in:

You must step gingerly if you want a risk-free life.

  • Thanks a lot. I up-voted the answer, but apparently it needs 15 reputation to count as an up-vote
    – Sclerosis
    Jun 2, 2018 at 20:33

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