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.
- promoting agent,
- prompt side,
Origin of prompt
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
- 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
Word Origin for prompt
mid-14c., prompten, from Latin promptus, past participle of promere "to bring forth," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + emere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). Theatrical sense of "to assist a speaker with lines" is first recorded early 15c. Related: Prompted; prompting.
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.