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.

verb (tr)

  1. to give rise to; evoketo elicit a sharp retort
  2. to bring to lightto elicit the truth

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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