- 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 of elicit; from Classical Latin elicitus, past participle of elicere, to draw out ; from e-, out + lacere, to entice, akin to laqueus: see lace
transitive verbe·lic·it·ed, e·lic·it·ing, e·lic·its
Origin of elicitLatin ēlicere, ēlicit- : ē-, ex-, ex- + lacere, to entice.
(third-person singular simple present elicits, present participle eliciting, simple past and past participle elicited)
- To evoke, educe (emotions, feelings, responses, etc.); to generate, obtain, or provoke as a response or answer.
- To draw out, bring out, bring forth (something latent); to obtain information from someone or something.
- Fred wished to elicit the time of the meeting from Jane.
- Did you elicit a response?
- To use logic to arrive at truth; to derive by reason; deduce; construe.
- (obsolete) Elicited; drawn out; made real; open; evident.
Latin elicitus from elicere, to draw forth