Definition of unprompted in US English:



  • Said, done, or acting without being encouraged or assisted.

    ‘unprompted, the guys in the next booth joined in’
    ‘an unprompted apology’
    • ‘He was unarmed and taken entirely by surprise by your brutal and unprompted attack.’
    • ‘The aim was twofold: first, to discover whether informants really did understand storytelling primarily in rationalised terms; and second, if they did, to obtain unprompted testimony as to the content of these rationalisations.’
    • ‘Without being asked about McNaughton he volunteered the unprompted observation that he had been ‘nervous’, a remark which so infuriated Aberdeen they complained to the SFA on Thursday.’
    • ‘His unprompted use of the precise number bears witness to a weary familiarity with it.’
    • ‘That's partly because people who are stoned are so often tedious with it, and partly because I'm blessed - others say cursed - with a facility for unprompted auditory and visual hallucinations.’
    • ‘This is the first instance of unprompted reading without clues or context.’
    • ‘No, these were entirely unscripted, unprompted, and for that matter, uncalled for assessments.’
    • ‘What I didn't expect was Isaac's unprompted reaction, which in itself says a lot.’
    • ‘In fairness to the sluglike one, he offered an unprompted apology for his bit of weirdness two weeks ago, referring to the incident as ‘an unfortunate blip’.’
    • ‘Simon Durham of Poster Plan said the research showed that Generation Y2K had high levels of unprompted advertising recall and, unlike their parents or older siblings, the word recession didn't even feature in their vocabulary.’
    • ‘I mean, completely unprompted and unsolicited.’
    • ‘A friend made the completely unprompted comment that she had done exactly the same thing.’
    • ‘‘It's Jim Baxter country,’ he says, which is very helpful of him, and more than many an older professional would offer, but it is the kind of unprompted comment that sets off alarm bells in the minds of media-savvy managers.’
    • ‘Heavens, it was so good, it spawned an unprompted comments thread here, which I've tacked onto the bottom of this post.’
    • ‘Staff stood amazed as they listened to this unprompted assault on Stewart's integrity.’
    • ‘For instance, I learned that my husband is capable of astonishing unprompted feats of tidiness when the house in question contains a motor.’
    • ‘came the opening night audience's unprompted reaction.’
    • ‘The Novartis Foundation's MRS responds to unprompted inquiries from journalists.’
    • ‘In exceptional circumstances however, consideration will be given to a further reduction, for example where you have made a full and unprompted voluntary disclosure, as in a. b. and c. above.’
    • ‘Here we use functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify and characterize the neural substrates that support unprompted auditory imagery and find that auditory and visual imagery seem to obey similar basic neural principles.’
    gratuitous, unnecessary, needless, unneeded, inessential
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