promptitude

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n promptitude the characteristic of doing things without delay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Promptitude The quality of being prompt; quickness of decision and action when occasion demands; alacrity; as, promptitude in obedience. "Men of action, of promptitude , and of courage."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n promptitude Promptness; readiness; quickness of decision or action when occasion demands; cheerful alacrity.
    • n promptitude Prompting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Promptitude promptness: readiness: willingness: quickness of decision and action
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. promptitudo,. See Prompt (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. promptusprōmĕre, to bring forward—pro, forth, emĕre, to bring.

Usage

In literature:

Frank rose and put on his cap with the quiet promptitude of a man accustomed to alarms.
"Fighting the Flames" by R.M. Ballantyne
His life may depend on your promptitude.
"Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader" by R.M. Ballantyne
Summer acts its part with promptitude in those regions.
"Wrecked but not Ruined" by R.M. Ballantyne
With characteristic promptitude he decided on the spot how to act.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Now, I have all my life been a man of action, promptitude, decision.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
The propriety of this promptitude was indisputable.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Napoleon made his dispositions with equal promptitude and secresy.
"Germany, Bohemia, and Hungary, Visited in 1837. Vol. II" by G. R. Gleig
This occurred with such promptitude that even the author recognised that we should not be satisfied with so ingenuous an episode.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 17, 1914" by Various
James was flattered by their promptitude, and the act passed in 1604.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Promptitude they knew to be everything, so they swept up the gorge like a whirlwind.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

Singing bandages and lint; salve and cerate without stint,
Singing plenty both of liniment and lotion,
And your mixtures pushed about, and the pills for you served out,
With alacrity and promptitude of motion.
"Nightingale's Song to the Sick Soldier" by Anonymous British