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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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Examples from the web for elicited
  • Several witnesses were examined yesterday, but no new facts were elicited.
  • Even though there were butterflies fluttering above and landing on its head, not one elicited any movement from the beast.
  • When the stressors to survival that elicited fear disappear the organism returns to normal behaviors that sustain life.
  • Always, the story elicited small gasps and unimaginable.
  • He dealt only in facts, he said, elicited from witnesses whom he interviewed repeatedly to be sure they were not crazy.
  • The vinegar-and-ginger concoction apparently elicited mixed reviews.
  • There was no announcement this year that elicited any sort of collective gasp from the audience.
  • But public fascination also provided a window for criticism, and ultrasound elicited substantial ethical deliberation.
  • The pelvic thrusting motion needed to keep one's balance elicited endless giggles among our group.
  • Its rejection elicited a string of editorials against censorship.
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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