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promptuary Line breaks: promp|tu¦ary
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒm(p)tjʊəri/

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Definition of promptuary in English:

noun

rare
A handbook or notebook containing a summary or compilation of information.
Example sentences
  • The promptuaries for preachers, particularly developed from the fourteenth century, are crowded with learning.
  • Collections of this kind were to serve as a promptuary or preparatory store essential for speakers and writers.
  • The textual constraints built into this promptuary 'do not coerce anyone' - at least, not by themselves.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'storehouse'): from Latin promptuarium, from promptus 'brought to light' (see prompt).

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