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

Examples of unprompted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden repeated the reason unprompted after her remarks. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "All roads lead to Iowa: Buttigieg Transportation post could pave way to the White House," 17 Dec. 2020 The unprompted link between homosexuality and pedophilia created an uproar. Arne Delfs, Bloomberg.com, "Merkel’s Old Foe May Finally Get a Chance to Undo Her Legacy," 30 Sep. 2020 Hansen brought up Sterling unprompted and defended him in a conversation with a small group. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Inside RSL’s toxic environment under Dell Loy Hansen and Andy Carroll," 6 Sep. 2020 Miller said the veterans wanted to keep her in at the end of the game, and Bonner gave her an unprompted shoutout post-game. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Four takeaways from the Connecticut Sun’s win over the New York Liberty, which kept them in the playoff hunt," 2 Sep. 2020 However, 2018 was a banner year for Kanye, who, unprompted, defended Trump enthusiastically on Twitter and aligned himself with some prominent Trump acolytes like Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens. Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner, "2020 countdown: the Kanye West presidentialfest," 9 July 2020 But then Carlisle paused and changed the subject, unprompted. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "As NBA restart nears, Mavs leaders vow to continue conversations and pushes for racial justice," 1 July 2020 President Trump made an unprompted prediction of what George Floyd, the man killed last week in the hands of Minneapolis police, would think about the protests over his death. TheWeek, "Al Sharpton says Floyd's story 'has been the story of black folks' in stirring eulogy: 'Get your knee off our necks'," 4 June 2020 The question, which Trump offered unprompted, immediately spurred doctors to respond with incredulity and warnings against injecting or otherwise ingesting disinfectants, which are highly toxic. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s live TV comments prompt doctors, and Lysol, to warn against injecting disinfectants," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unprompted

1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprompted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprompted. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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