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 formse·lic·i·ta·tion, noune·lic·i·tor, nounnon·e·lic·it·ed, adjectiveun·e·lic·it·ed, adjective
Can be confusedelicit illicit
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Examples from the Web for elicited

Contemporary Examples of elicited

Historical Examples of elicited

  • This was apparently a witticism; at any rate, it elicited roars of laughter.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • From these grim revelers Cornish elicited a good deal of information.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • 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 sound which elicited this exclamation was a loud "Hollo!"

    The Young Miner

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • The character of one individual was, however, elicited in this affair.

British Dictionary definitions for elicited


verb (tr)

to give rise to; evoketo elicit a sharp retort
to bring to lightto elicit the truth
Derived Formselicitable, adjectiveelicitation, nounelicitor, noun

Word Origin for elicit

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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