un·​prompt·​ed | \ˌən-ˈpräm(p)-təd \

Definition of unprompted 

: not prompted an unprompted [=spontaneous] observation … two NBA scouts, unprompted, recently described Clancy as "aggressive" …— Austin Murphy

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During an interview with the Daily Caller on Wednesday, the president responded to a question about possible Whitaker replacements by admitting, unprompted, that his appointment was all about his frustration over Mueller. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "McConnell just said there’s no need for a “protect Mueller” bill. Trump already made that look silly.," 15 Nov. 2018 While McGregor’s alleged comments are currently nowhere to be found in the original post, responses from fans appear to address his unprompted lecture. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Conor McGregor allegedly blasts Tennessee whiskey on Instagram: ‘It’s a crime’," 4 June 2018 Innocent people don't tend to talk, unprompted, about their innocence. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump wants you to know he can pardon himself. But he's not going to -- yet.," 4 June 2018 Several students, apparently unprompted, suggest Birbalsingh. Flora Carr, Time, "What It's Like to Study at the Strictest School in Britain," 20 Apr. 2018 The seemingly unprompted remembrance from West comes just days after Kardashian, 33, gave birth to her daughter with Thompson. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Kanye West Tweets About Lamar Odom Amid Sister-in-Law Khloé Kardashian's Tristan Thompson Drama," 16 Apr. 2018 Instead, with reporters in the Cabinet Room and cameras rolling, Trump opened the meeting with an unprompted four-minute critique of Mueller's investigation. Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Trump fumes at Mueller probe after raid on attorney," 13 Apr. 2018 Instead, with reporters in the room and cameras rolling, Trump opened the meeting with an unprompted four-minute critique of Mueller’s investigation. Time, "‘A Disgrace.’ Trump Reacts to FBI’s Raid on His Personal Lawyer Michael Cohen’s Office," 9 Apr. 2018 The band continued to play through their stage monitors, causing the crowd to rush the stage and join in an unprompted sing-along. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Top 22 Coachella Performances Ever," 9 Apr. 2018

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1659, in the meaning defined above

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