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 promptly
Schiff, the Hollywood congressman, said that the movie should be promptly released and widely broadcast.
Prosecutors say the two then promised that employee a $10,000 bonus, which was promptly paid.Obama’s Golf Buddy May Be a ‘Hostile Witness’ in Chicago Corruption Case|Ben Jacobs|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Resources were promptly diverted to rescue those under attack, the committee found.Congress Debunks Congress’s Nuttiest Benghazi Theories|Ben Jacobs|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He promptly explained the situation, breaking early for intermission.
Quinn lost his fortune after he amassed control of 25% of Anglo Irish Bank, which promptly went under in the 2007 financial crash.
The order was promptly obeyed, and the commander rode forward with the captain of the second company.In The Saddle|Oliver Optic
She set the cup down before him, and he promptly dipped a fern root into it; then started back with a cry of dismay."Some Say"|Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
Kirkwood promptly tumbled in; and when he turned to shut the door the coaches were moving.The Black Bag|Louis Joseph Vance
When the renomination came to him, he took it with clean hands and a clear conscience; and it did come surely and promptly.Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II|John T. Morse
A deck-hand tossed a cast-line to the steamer's deck, and Mayo promptly threw it back.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for promptly
- 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