verb (used with object)
to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke: to elicit the truth; to elicit a response with a question.

1635–45; < Latin ēlicitus drawn out (past participle of ēlicere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + lici- draw, lure + -tus past participle suffix

elicitation, noun
elicitor, noun
nonelicited, adjective
unelicited, adjective

elicit, illicit.
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elicit (ɪˈlɪsɪt)
1.  to give rise to; evoke: to elicit a sharp retort
2.  to bring to light: to elicit the truth
[C17: from Latin ēlicere to lure forth, from licere to entice]

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Word Origin & History

1620s, from L. elicitus, pp. of elicere "draw forth," from ex- "out" + -licere, comb. form of lacere "to entice." Related: Elicited; eliciting; elicits.
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Example sentences
The double hydrogen bond formed would diminish the ability of the molecule to
  elicit sweet taste.
This foray into monkey business will elicit a large share of laughter.
The best horror movies, like the best amusement park rides, should elicit equal
  parts screams and laughter.
His mournful words elicit emphatic shouts of release from the dancers.
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