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elicit

[ih-lis-it] /ɪˈlɪs ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to draw or bring out or forth; educe; evoke:
to elicit the truth; to elicit a response with a question.
Origin of elicit
1635-1645
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.
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  • Temperance had little luck in eliciting any information about the prowler or about Early Ann's farm.

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  • Another was eliciting facts that our hero most desired to have made clear.

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  • She was talking rapidly and her remarks were eliciting considerable laughter.

  • What was the secret of her power in eliciting this outside testimony?

    Gathering Jewels James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
  • All he succeeded in eliciting confirmed him in the impression that de Laney was sent to spy on him.

    The Claim Jumpers Stewart Edward White
  • Osmond possessed in a supreme degree the art of eliciting any weakness.

British Dictionary definitions for eliciting

elicit

/ɪˈlɪsɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give rise to; evoke: to elicit a sharp retort
2.
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 eliciting

elicit

v.

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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