[promp-ti-tood, -tyood]
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Origin of promptitude

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Late Latin word prōmptitūdō. See prompt, -i-, -tude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for promptitude

Historical Examples of promptitude

  • But what has been sought with eagerness ought to be acknowledged with promptitude.

  • The promptitude of Dora's recovery was a new surprise to our hero.

  • Decision and promptitude are as requisite in self-culture as in business.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Promptitude in action may be stimulated by a due consideration of the value of time.


    Samuel Smiles

  • I only grieve they cannot be put in execution with the promptitude that I desire.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

British Dictionary definitions for promptitude


  1. the quality of being prompt; punctuality
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