un·​prompt·​ed ˌən-ˈpräm(p)-təd How to pronounce unprompted (audio)
: 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 Here this guy was, unprompted, manifesting his own innocence. Simon Webster, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Amid the fervor on Capitol Hill, there has been little unprompted mention of Palestinian deaths. Liz Goodwin, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 The praise was unprompted, reflecting the awkward reality of playing in one league while planning for another. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 Scott threw the first unprompted elbow Ramaswamy's way after the latter offered praise for the other candidates on stage. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 27 Sep. 2023 Between songs, the crowd chants his name, unprompted: O-T! Chris Richards, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 And of course, there was something uniquely poignant about Fraser’s reaction: an unprompted physical response from a beloved former marquee star to the applause for his comeback as a Hollywood leading man more than 20 turulent years later. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Aug. 2023 An unprompted armed attack would also galvanize the Philippines’ allies like the U.S. and other states in the region to respond in force. Time, 8 Aug. 2023 And not one of them, but rather two: Mara and Edgar, who tag-teamed the entire time during the stay and were more attentive than Jeeves on his best day, asking when turndown and maid service should be scheduled unprompted. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 29 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unprompted was in 1659

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“Unprompted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprompted. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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