Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of promptuary in English:
- 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.
Late Middle English (in the sense 'storehouse'): from Latin promptuarium, from promptus 'brought to light' (see prompt).
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