adjective, prompt·er, prompt·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Origin of prompt
The commercial sense of the noun prompt “a time limit given for payment for merchandise purchased" dates from the mid-18th century. The computer sense of the noun “a message or symbol on a display screen requesting more information from a user" dates from 1977.
Examples from the Web for prompt
For most people, just saying the name Manson is enough to prompt discomfort.
Mamoon and his second wife, Liana, hope it will revive his reputation, and “prompt the reissuing of his books in forty languages.”
There is cautious optimism that this prompt action may have helped avert a broader outbreak.What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa? Almost Everything|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sticks and stones may break your bones but, as some University of Oregon campus cops learned recently, names can prompt a lawsuit.
Failing to attend to these things brings prompt disciplining or patient complaint.How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession|Daniela Drake|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The prompt use, at the proper moment, of the reserve, may decide the battle.
“No, O mighty leader, he is none of mine,” was the prompt reply.Washer the Raccoon |George Ethelbert Walsh
A horse who is docile and prompt to obey can be guided hither and thither by the slightest movement of the reins.
Their obedience was as prompt as before, and the British line was soon broken.Life And Times Of Washington, Volume 2|John Frederick Schroeder
He was a sober, clear-headed, studious and somewhat taciturn boy, quick to perceive and prompt to act.Memoirs of Orange Jacobs|Orange Jacobs
British Dictionary definitions for prompt
- 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 note a memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due