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Definition of Prompt


  1. A limit of time given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods. See Prompt-note.
  2. To assist or induce the action of; to move to action; to instigate; to incite.
  3. To suggest; to dictate.
  4. To remind, as an actor or an orator, of words or topics forgotten.

Prompt Quotations

Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country.
Maximilien Robespierre

I love my last-minute lifestyle because I just sort of don't have plans, and things kind of happen. Plans make me annoyed a little bit, personally. I'm not the most prompt, on-time person.

For anyone to open their heart, they need the right atmosphere, and something to prompt them. For my mother it was her trip abroad: she was in a very relaxed, understanding environment. I was very sympathetic towards her.
Jung Chang

On top of the insult of destroying the geographic places we call home, the chain stores also destroyed people's place in the order of daily life, including the duties, responsibilities, obligations, and ceremonies that prompt citizens to care for each other.
James Howard Kunstler

Today, war of necessity is used by critics of military action to describe unavoidable response to an attack like that on Pearl Harbor that led to our prompt, official declaration of war, while they characterize as unwise wars of choice the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the current war in Iraq.
William Safire
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Prompt Translations

prompt in Dutch is nauwgezet, nauwkeurig, accuraat
prompt in French is ponctuel
prompt in German is Anforderungszeichen {n}, Bedienerhinweis {m}
prompt in Latin is promptus
prompt in Portuguese is alerta
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