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[ih-lis-it] /ɪˈlɪs ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke:
to elicit the truth; to elicit a response with a question.
Origin of elicit
1635-45; < Latin ēlicitus drawn out (past participle of ēlicere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + lici- draw, lure + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
elicitation, noun
elicitor, noun
nonelicited, adjective
unelicited, adjective
Can be confused
elicit, illicit. Unabridged
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  • Mrs. Raymore elicited a liking, but a rather timid and distant one; she seemed very clear-sighted and judicial.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • From these grim revelers Cornish elicited a good deal of information.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • But the grounds of decision are purely practical, and can never be elicited from grammar or from logic.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • But after this he has no more to say; the answers which he makes are only elicited from him by the dialectic of Socrates.

    The Republic Plato
  • There a strange chapter of evidence comes out, or rather, is elicited.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for elicited


verb (transitive)
to give rise to; evoke: to elicit a sharp retort
to bring to light: to elicit the truth
Derived Forms
elicitable, adjective
elicitation, noun
elicitor, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēlicere to lure forth, from licere to entice
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Word Origin and History for elicited



1640s, from Latin elicitus, past participle of elicere "draw forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -licere, comb. form of lacere "to entice, lure, deceive" (related to laqueus "noose, snare;" see lace (n.)). Related: Elicited; eliciting; elicits; elicitation.

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