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  1. (celerity)  the characteristic of doing things without delay
    Synonyms: promptitude. Type of: celerity
  2. (timing)  the quality or habit of adhering to an appointed time
    Synonyms: punctuality. Type of: timing

Etymology summary

from Latin promptus evident, from prōmere to produce, from pro-1 + emere to buy
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references


Speed | average speed

of an object is the magnitude of its velocity; it's thus a scalar quantity. The average speed of an object in an interval of time is the distance travelled by the object divided by the duration of the interval; the instantaneous speed is the limit of... (46 of 2127 words, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

promptness | prompt | prompt note [synonym, sense-specific] | punctually [synonym, sense-specific] | promptly [adverb, derived]

the quality or state of being performed or executed without delay | the quality or state of being quick or ready to act or respond | performed or ... (26 of 460 words, 15 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

prompt | prompt someone to/to do something | immediate [synonym, sense-specific] | promptitude [derived] | promptness [derived]

(of an event or fact) cause or bring about (an action or feeling) | ("prompt someone to/to do something") : cause someone to take a course of action | ... (27 of 268 words, 15 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

prompt | prompted [past tense] | prompting [present participle] | prompts [3rd-person singular present] | prompter [comparative] | promptest [superlative] | promptitude [noun, related] | promptness [noun, related] | promptly [adverb, related]

Being on time; punctual. | Carried out or performed without delay | To move to act; spur; incite | To give rise to; inspire | To assist with a ... (25 of 162 words, 11 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)


New World Dictionary:

prompt | promptly [adverb, related] | promptness [noun, related]

quick to act or to do what is required; ready, punctual, etc. | done, spoken, etc. at once or without delay | [commerce] ; the time limit specified ... (26 of 140 words, 9 definitions, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

prompt [adjective] | promptness [noun, uncountable, related]

immediate, or quick | happening or arriving at exactly a particular time (11 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prompt 11


promptness | promptitude [synonym, sense-specific] | punctuality [synonym, sense-specific] | timeliness [synonym, sense-specific]

The habit or characteristic of doing things without delay. | The habit of adhering to a designated time. (17 of 21 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

promptitude | promptness [synonym]

promptness (1 of 7 words, pronunciation)


Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

promptness | prompt

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin promptus evident, from prōmere to produce, from pro-1 + emere to buy




Origin: prompt + -ness


prompt | prompts [plural] | prompted [past tense] | prompting [present participle]

Origin: Middle French prompt, from Latin promptus ("visible, apparent, evident, at hand, prepated, ready, quick, prompt, inclined, disposed"), past participle of promere ("to take or bring out or forth, produce, bring to light"), from ... (33 of 41 etymology words)



Origin: Middle English, from Old English -nis, -nes ("-ness"), from Proto-Germanic *-nassuz ("-ness"), alteration (by false division) of -n- (adjective and verbal terminating consonant) + Proto-Germanic *-assuz ("-ness")... (27 of 45 etymology words)


Audio references

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Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Promptness"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Promptness"


Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:


Audio: North American pronunciation of "promptness"

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