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 unprompted
King also made an unprompted defense of those statements saying Iowans were "universal in their support" for him.
Later, Rep. Louie Gohmert, a fellow Texas Republican, jumped, unprompted, to Paul's defense.
Its very address is so far above that of man, that no mortal, unprompted, could ever have risen to it.
Unprompted by any voice of authority, unconstrained by any command of power, we join in the wide-ranging demonstration.Luther and the Reformation:|Joseph A. Seiss
Against that maddening silence, however, Bubs presently had a helpful and unprompted suggestion: "Hey, Pop!"Asteroid of Fear|Raymond Zinke Gallun
Whether it would have occurred to Marion, unprompted, to admire Miss Hartill, is uncertain.Regiment of Women|Clemence Dane
He dropped upon his knees and, unprompted, joined his trembling hands in prayer.The Doctor's Red Lamp|Various
British Dictionary definitions for unprompted (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for unprompted (2 of 2)
- 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