Sticks and stones may break your bones but, as some University of Oregon campus cops learned recently, names can prompt a lawsuit.
Mamoon and his second wife, Liana, hope it will revive his reputation, and “prompt the reissuing of his books in forty languages.”
Her retirement earlier this year could prompt the Swedish Academy to honor her at last.
She expresses the desire for a prompt sale of the property while pulling business cards from her bra.
Keeping kids and their jailed mothers apart will only prompt the cycle to repeat, she believes.
I don't believe in putting Reverends in places where prompt business men are required.
Now every man to his station; be prompt, and be silent, and attend to the word of command.
I knew all his secrets, and nothing more was necessary to prompt his suspicious and bad heart to seek my destruction.
I could not prompt him to go on, but he presently did so himself, desolately enough.
Their obedience was as prompt as before, and the British line was soon broken.
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.