un·​prompt·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈpräm(p)-təd How to pronounce unprompted (audio) \

Definition of unprompted

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

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Next-oldest Trip is concerned with little more than pickup basketball and the girls who flock to him unprompted. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "It’s really all about the moms (and a few spoilers)," 21 June 2019 First Message Is Music for Aliens Humans don’t just wait for extraterrestrial messages to arrive, unprompted, all the time. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Aliens," 5 June 2019 While Krzyzewski brushed off the value of that lopsided record, Izzo brought it up unprompted and said one of his goals is to win this game to cut into that deficit. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Duke vs. Michigan State is battle of NCAA Tournament titans," 31 Mar. 2019 Former officials occasionally provide unprompted input on legal matters to the Justice Department, according to people familiar with the matter. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Trump’s Attorney General Pick Criticized an Aspect of Mueller Probe in Memo to Justice Department," 19 Dec. 2018 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

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1659, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unprompted

: done or said by someone who has not been asked or reminded to do or say anything

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