Definition of prompting in US English:



  • The action of saying something to persuade, encourage, or remind someone to do or say something.

    ‘after some prompting, the defendant gave the police his name’
    • ‘With no prompting, Olivier reminded me that people are miserable in eastern Congo.’
    • ‘Recently I put up a PayPal donation button on the site after quite a bit of prompting by supporters wanting to help.’
    • ‘Dessie never needed much prompting when it came to delivering a song.’
    • ‘He doesn't need much prompting to let you know what he thinks.’
    • ‘When your audience is parroting your prime directive back at you without any prompting, you know you're doing something right.’
    • ‘Of course he never divulged those sources to me, despite my prompting.’
    • ‘One died presumably to satisfy some ideological or religious prompting or to get revenge, and the other while trying, somehow, simply to get by.’
    • ‘Most of what I've written in the descriptions on Flickr got repeated by people without any prompting from me.’
    • ‘With little prompting from the teacher, the students raised and vigorously pursued the following questions.’
    • ‘He found that when people communicated online, they were more likely to offer up personal details about themselves without any prompting.’
    • ‘Their notoriety comes spilling out of every conversation without any direct prompting.’
    • ‘What history demonstrates is that police officers often use their powers, with or without federal prompting, as instruments of larger political purpose.’
    • ‘After some rather blunt prompting by me, they start to give some responses.’
    • ‘An unacceptable approach to prompting would be to ask an open question and to suggest possible answers only to some respondents, such as those who appear to be struggling to think of an appropriate reply.’
    • ‘Only the instant prompting of campaign staffers, clapping furiously around the room, sparked enough applause to rescue the candidate from dead air.’
    • ‘Without any prompting, even the youngest sit at their tables, talking quietly and ignoring the food in front of them until they know it is the proper time to break their fast.’
    • ‘I cried all the way home, and it was totally his own idea with no prompting at all.’
    • ‘After some prompting by Jon in the comments section I've included links.’
    encouragement, reminder, reminders, reminding, cue, cues, prodding, pushing, persuasion, hint, hints, advice, suggestion, suggestions, assistance, inducement
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