- done, performed, delivered, etc., at once or without delay: a prompt reply.
- ready in action; quick to act as occasion demands.
- quick or alert: prompt to take offense.
- to move or induce to action: What prompted you to say that?
- to occasion or incite; inspire: What prompted his resignation?
- to assist (a person speaking) by suggesting something to be said.
- Theater. to supply (an actor, singer, etc.) from offstage with a missed cue or forgotten line.
- Theater. to supply forgotten lines, lyrics, or the like to an actor, singer, etc.
- a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder (prompt note).
- the contract setting the time limit.
- the act of prompting.
- something serving to suggest or remind.
- Computers. a message or symbol from a computer system to a user, generally appearing on a display screen, requesting more information or indicating that the system is ready for user instructions.
- take a prompt, (in acting) to move or speak in response to a cue.
Origin of prompt
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Examples from the Web for unprompted
King also made an unprompted defense of those statements saying Iowans were "universal in their support" for him.Steve King Plays Coy On Presidential Ambitions
August 10, 2013
Later, Rep. Louie Gohmert, a fellow Texas Republican, jumped, unprompted, to Paul's defense.Ron Paul's 2012 Presidential Dilemma
April 4, 2011
"Ah," said Gabriel, amused at such an unprompted declaration.When the Owl Cries
Violence and war are clearly foreign to his unprompted imagination.Rudyard Kipling
Against that maddening silence, however, Bubs presently had a helpful and unprompted suggestion: "Hey, Pop!"Asteroid of Fear
Raymond Zinke Gallun
Whether it would have occurred to Marion, unprompted, to admire Miss Hartill, is uncertain.Regiment of Women
He dropped upon his knees and, unprompted, joined his trembling hands in prayer.The Doctor's Red Lamp
- without prompting; spontaneous
- performed or executed without delay
- quick or ready to act or respond
- informal punctually
- (tr) to urge (someone to do something)
- to remind (an actor, singer, etc) of lines forgotten during a performance
- (tr) to refresh the memory of
- (tr) to give rise to by suggestionhis affairs will prompt discussion
- the time limit allowed for payment of the debt incurred by purchasing goods or services on credit
- the contract specifying this time limit
- Also called: prompt notea memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due
- the act of prompting
- anything that serves to remind
- an aid to the operator of a computer in the form of a question or statement that appears on the screen showing that the equipment is ready to proceed and indicating the options available
Word Origin and History for unprompted
early 15c., "readiness," from Latin promptus (see prompt (v.)). Meaning "hint, act of prompting" is from 1590s. Computer sense attested by 1977.
early 15c., from Old French prompt and directly from Latin promptus "brought forth," hence "visible, apparent, evident," past participle of promere "to take or bring out or forth" (see prompt (v.)).Related: Promptly; promptitude.