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prompture (plural promptures)

  1. suggestion; incitement; prompting
    • c. 1603–1604, Shakespeare, William, Measure for Measure, Act 2, Scene 4:
      I'll to my brother: / Though he hath fallen by prompture of the blood, / Yet hath he in him such a mind of honour. / That had he twenty heads to tender down / On twenty bloody blocks, he'd yield them up, / Before his sister should her body stoop / To such abhorr'd pollution.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      Has not, since then, Love's prompture deep,
      Has not Love's whisper evermore
      Been ceaseless, as thy gentle roar?

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  1. vocative masculine singular of prōmptūrus