Definition of responsa prudentum in English:

responsa prudentum

(also responsa prudentium)

Pronunciation /rɪˈspɒnsə pruːˈdɛntəm/


  • Chiefly with plural agreement. The formally expressed opinions and judgements of especially eminent lawyers, influential as a source of the Roman Civil Law.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Abraham Fraunce (?1559–?1593), poet and lawyer. In some forms from post-classical Latin responsa prudentum, alteration of classical Latin respōnsa prūdentium the answers of the learned from respōnsa, plural of respōnsum + prūdentium, genitive plural of prūdent-, prūdēns.