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 A day later in Waterloo, Iowa, 75-year-old Terry McGrave echoed the pitch, unprompted. Philip Elliott / Des Moines, Time, "Joe Biden Positions Himself as the Anti-Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Beyond," 3 Feb. 2020 Last June, after the Sox allowed 29 runs in two games against the Yankees in London, Cora launched into an unprompted complaint that his team needed to pay better attention to details. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "If MLB wants the Red Sox and other teams to stop stealing signs via video, there’s an easy way to do it," 7 Jan. 2020 Some of the clearest examples of unprompted helpful behaviors come from our closest kin: chimpanzees and bonobos. National Geographic, "Parrots help others in need, study shows for first time," 10 Jan. 2020 In a biting clip, comedian Eva Victor skewered the fact that a husband bought his wife an exercise bike seemingly unprompted -- what message does that send to the wife, then? Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Peloton's perplexing new holiday ad has incensed the internet," 3 Dec. 2019 But last weekend, the NFL — unprompted — created its own bizarre circus surrounding the quarterback. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Did Colin Kaepernick’s workout change anybody’s mind?," 18 Nov. 2019 Family arguments, the promise of future bloodshed, and unprompted girlfriend bashing? Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "5 Movies You Completely Forgot Were Set at Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2019 That's what two different Uber drivers tell me, unprompted, about the power the country music star holds in this resort town near her childhood home in the Great Smoky Mountains. Meredith Blake, chicagotribune.com, "Dolly Parton refuses to get political. She’d prefer to heal the divide," 18 Nov. 2019 On one hand, Negan was taking the time and making the unprompted effort to bond with a boy in need of a father figure. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "The Walking Dead is having a creative renaissance," 6 Nov. 2019

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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 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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