- Elicit is defined as to reveal information or to act.
An example of elicit is to get a confession from a suspect.
- to draw forth; evoke: to elicit an angry reply
- to cause to be revealed: to elicit facts
Origin: ; from Classical Latin elicitus, past participle of elicere, to draw out ; from e-, out plush lacere, to entice, akin to laqueus: see lace
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transitive verb e·lic·it·ed, e·lic·it·ing, e·lic·its
- a. To bring or draw out (something latent); educe.b. To arrive at (a truth, for example) by logic.
- To call forth, draw out, or provoke (a reaction, for example). See Synonyms at evoke.
Origin: Latin ēlicere, ēlicit- : ē-, ex-, ex- + lacere, to entice.
- e·licˌi·taˈtion noun
- e·licˈi·tor noun