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
Synonyms for prompt
Related Words for promptedurge, draw, persuade, inspire, propel, spur, motivate, induce, convince, indicate, elicit, arouse, suggest, provoke, cause, stimulate, help, assist, prick, propose
Examples from the Web for prompted
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 20, 2014
The threats from this group are what prompted U.S. airstrikes in September.U.S. Clams Up on Xmas Airline Bomb ‘Plot’
December 2, 2014
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
November 9, 2014
However many women he may have killed, police say they cannot explain what prompted him.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
October 21, 2014
The massive influx of children has crowded detention centers and prompted congressional hearings.The Border Kid Crisis Hits the Courts
September 19, 2014
Historical Examples of prompted
The impulse that had prompted him to hail her now prompted wild words.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Two reasons had prompted Wilson to request to have Sidney in the operating-room.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
By some remarkable intuition my kinsman Teunis was prompted to advance at this.In the Valley
I obeyed an instinct, which prompted me to get the first shot to save myself.The Hunted Outlaw
I prompted Camille to ask if he had ever encountered Ned Ferry, and he laughed.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
- 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
Word Origin for prompt
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.