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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Prompt a. [Compar. Prompter superl. Promptest.]
 1. Ready and quick to act as occasion demands; meeting requirements readily; not slow, dilatory, or hesitating in decision or action; responding on the instant; immediate; as, prompt in obedience or compliance; -- said of persons.
    Very discerning and prompt in giving orders.   --Clarendon.
 Tell him I am prompt
 To lay my crown at's feet.   --Shak.
    And you, perhaps, too prompt in your replies.   --Dryden.
 2. Done or rendered quickly, readily, or immediately; given without delay or hesitation; -- said of conduct; as, prompt assistance.
 When Washington heard the voice of his country in distress,
 his obedience was prompt.   --Ames.
 3. Easy; unobstructed. [Obs.]
    The reception of the light into the body of the building was very prompt.   --Sir H. Wotton.
 Syn: -- Ready; expeditious; quick; agile; alert; brisk; nimble.
 Usage: -- Prompt, Ready, Expeditious. One who is ready is prepared to act at the moment. One who is prompt acts at the moment. One who is expeditious carries through an undertaking with constant promptness.