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.
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Origin of prompt
OTHER WORDS FROM prompt
historical usage 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 prompted
The United Nations was prompted to impose a ban on selling mainframe computers or laptops to North Korea.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The threats from this group are what prompted U.S. airstrikes in September.
What prompted you to pick the fall of the Berlin Wall as the backdrop for your thriller?How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall|William O’Connor|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However many women he may have killed, police say they cannot explain what prompted him.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start|Michael Daly|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The massive influx of children has crowded detention centers and prompted congressional hearings.
The delicate feeling that prompted his refusal was understood by the brother and sister.Up the Forked River|Edward Sylvester Ellis
He was grateful for the friendliness that prompted their kindness.Steve Yeager|William MacLeod Raine
Prompted by a culpable ambition, he increased Napoleon's confidence, by exaggerating the force of his division.History of the Expedition to Russia|Count Philip de Segur
I thank you for the kind feelings that prompted you to come, and for the generous things General Hayes has said in your behalf.Speeches of Benjamin Harrison|Benjamin Harrison
Now, their maid-servant, prompted by respect and affection, did not cease to attend upon them still in the forest.The Gtakaml|rya Sra
British Dictionary definitions for prompted
- 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