Part of speech: noun

Promptness; readiness; alertness.

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Usage examples "promptitude":

  1. " I should much like to be done with these formalities," he said-" if I may be allowed to suggest a little promptitude. - "The Isle of Unrest", Henry Seton Merriman.
  2. So the Birmingham firm set themselves to the contract with a will, lengthened our working hours, increased our wages, took on fresh hands, and determined, if energy and promptitude could do it, to place themselves at the head of the Italian labour- market, and stay there. - "Mugby Junction", Charles Dickens.
  3. What else can have happened but that, having taken over, under suggestion and with singular infant promptitude, a particular throbbing consciousness, I had become aware of the source at which it could best be refreshed? - "A Small Boy and Others", Henry James.