• WordNet 3.6
    • n promptness the quality or habit of adhering to an appointed time
    • n promptness the characteristic of doing things without delay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice cream sundae in Evanston, IL, in 1875.
    • Promptness Cheerful willingness; alacrity.
    • Promptness Promptitude; readiness; quickness of decision or action.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "tip" dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, "To Insure Promptness," encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
    • n promptness The state or quality of being prompt; readiness; quickness of decision or action; especially, quickness of action in executing a decision; cheerful willingness; alacrity.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”
  • Lord Mansfield
    Lord Mansfield
    “Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.”
  • Coventry Patmore
    Coventry Patmore
    “The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “All human activity is prompted by desire.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all.”


In literature:

Thus hath thy soul prompted thee, and thou art truly one of the heedless.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
Has the senator been prompted by the spirit of your anxious father, or is there evil in the communication?
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
The accounts of his last words vary according as they are prompted by hatred or admiration.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
The first proposal Dehra had declined promptly to the Prince in person.
"The Colonel of the Red Huzzars" by John Reed Scott
And it is doubtless that which prompted God to give reason to those who have made it an instrument of their unhappiness.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
Now the parent is obstinate and the son 'cute; but the son has an eccentricity that prompts him to outwit.
"The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth" by Timothy Templeton
The reply was prompt and terrific.
"The Fifth Leicestershire" by J.D. Hills
Sometimes she succeeded in selling a story or a poem promptly and receiving prompt pay.
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
I turn to a subject which I hope can be handled promptly and without serious controversy of any kind.
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
The order now given to form line was, therefore, promptly recognised as the signal for the approaching struggle.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths

In poetry:

"Carl Schwartzenburg was of the plot,
And Blücher, prompt and prow,
And Jean the Crown-Prince Bernadotte:
Buonaparte was the foe.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
Now Lizzie! I have written back,
In answer to your publication;
So let us promptly tread the track,
Before the first of next vacation.
"To Lizzie" by James Avis Bartley
'However he said before I came:
To him who brought you up relate
How you have broken honor's ties,
And say,- his prompt response I wait!'
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
She prompts the tender marks of love
Which words can scarce express;
The heart alone their force can prove,
And feel how much they bless.
"To Sensibility" by Helen Maria Williams
I thought, these men will carry hence
Promptings their former life above,
And something of a finer reverence
For beauty, truth, and love.
"An Incident In A Railroad Car" by James Russell Lowell
She prompts him to rejoice,
Yet scares him on the threshold with the shroud.
He deems her cherishing of her best-endowed
A wanton's choice.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith

In news:

A problematic student would get suspended for 10 days, then come back and promptly be suspended again.
With its new Ready, Set, Blow line of greeting cards, the recipient is prompted to blow on the card upon opening it.
At $1 apiece retail, these slivers cost pennies to make, prompting thieves to steal them and some diabetics to compromise their health.
The HBO documentary Crossfire Hurricane, about The Rolling Stones, prompts critic John Powers to reflect on the band's five decades of fame.
Concerns about a possible violation of the Oklahoma Open Records Act prompted the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust last week to table plans to sublease the Zoo Amphitheatre to the recently formed 3Horse Productions.
YouTube comic Bo Burnham prompts protests at Westminster.
9/11 prompted 'glee' in Bush administration .
9/11 prompted "glee" in Bush administration .
California's online retailer tariff prompts buy-off .
WICHITA, Kansas — The news that Hostess was closing its doors has prompted some to start hoarding bread and other items.
Brett Ackerman, the Colorado Division of Wildlife's regulations manager, said the new regulation was prompted by an incident last fall when a hunter shot a large black bear in its den near Craig, according to a news release.
Declining enrollment had prompted the closure.
Our readers scolded us for not including three-year-old Drifters in a "battle of the burgers" last year, prompting a worthwhile visit to discover one of the best cheeseburgers in the city (made with Ranch Foods Direct beef).
The drought has prompted many water wells to dry up in the area.
The flow of federal money into Virginia for state and local homeland security initiatives continues to dry up 11 years after the terrorist attacks that prompted the surge in such spending.

In science:

In contrast with the MK temperature of the surrounding corona, prominences remain at a comparatively cool 10,000 K, which prompts one to ask what prevents the mechanisms that heat the corona from also raising the temperature of prominences and consequently dispersing them.
Prominence seismology using small amplitude oscillations
The "Pi of the Sky" prototype apparatus observed prompt optical emission from extremely bright GRB080319B since the very beginning of the gamma emission.
Prompt optical observations of GRBs with "Pi of the Sky" system
Observation of prompt optical emission accompanying gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) can give deeper insight into mechanisms of the radiation and the central engines powering these extreme explosions.
Prompt optical observations of GRBs with "Pi of the Sky" system
However, early observation of GRB990123 by the ROTSE robotic telescope has proven that prompt optical signal can also be very significant.
Prompt optical observations of GRBs with "Pi of the Sky" system
Observation of GRB 080319B con firms strongly that the wide field cameras are the best and probably the only effectiv e way for observations of prompt optical signal.
Prompt optical observations of GRBs with "Pi of the Sky" system