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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.
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 elicits
  • Apparently she is entering into his delusion, whose whole range she elicits from him, without once opposing him.
  • That's probably what makes his humor unique and why it elicits cringes as regularly as laughs.
  • Mentioning this in the company of higher education's official representatives, of course, elicits indignation.
  • Not exactly rare anymore, it still elicits a nostalgic pang of delight when discovered.
  • Making the sock puppets is fun and engaging, and as soon as you put one on your hand it immediately elicits play-acting.
  • Talk of a universal library elicits no enthusiasm from him.
  • The red-hot spice elicits the fruits' sweetness and packs its own lip-tingling punch.
  • It's the perfect no fuss, make-ahead dinner party dish that elicits both sighs and raves.
  • But every advance in testing, it seems, elicits the discovery of further flaws.
  • Consultation with a broker elicits a favorable opinion of the company and its management.
British Dictionary definitions for elicits


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 elicits



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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