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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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 prompts
Which prompts the question: In a GOP field minus Portman, what role will same-sex marriage play?
This statement, interpreted by many in the media as a sign that the epidemic is abating, prompts more questions than answers.The WHO’s Big Asterisk on Liberia’s Ebola Case Decrease|Abby Haglage|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the decision to do so prompts a key question once again: Who are the moderates?Who Are These ‘Moderate’ Syrians Obama Wants to Pit Against ISIS?|Jamie Dettmer|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This prompts Sarah Lynn to stab herself with a Confederate bayonet letter-opener, causing a geyser of blood.'BoJack Horseman': The Debauched Tales of a Drunken, Groupie-Sexing D-List Horse, Hits Netflix|Marlow Stern|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It works as a food journal and prompts you to take your pulse when it needs it.
This effort is called ambition, which prompts each person to desire that others should live according to his way of thinking.
To which Paul answered: it is my knowledge of thy seclusion among rocks that prompts me to listen to thee.The Brook Kerith|George Moore
But one of the pleasures most intense is that which prompts animals to propagation.Theodicy|G. W. Leibniz
And it prompts me to take my chances with the will in spite of the death of the rightful heirs.A Cousin's Conspiracy|Horatio Alger
I admire the spirit that prompts your husband to make these confessions.Love and the Ironmonger|F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
British Dictionary definitions for prompts
- 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