What does elicit mean?

Definitions for elicit
ɪˈlɪs ɪtelic·it

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word elicit.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provokeverb

    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

    "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"

  2. educe, evoke, elicit, extract, draw outverb

    deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)

    "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant"

  3. elicitverb

    derive by reason

    "elicit a solution"


  1. elicitverb

    To evoke, educe (emotions, feelings, responses, etc.); to generate, obtain, or provoke as a response or answer.

  2. elicitverb

    To draw out, bring out, bring forth (something latent); to obtain information from someone or something.

  3. elicitverb

    To use logic to arrive at truth; to derive by reason; deduce; construe.

  4. Etymology: elicitus from elicere, to draw forth

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elicitadjective

    Brought into act; brought from possibility to real existence.

    Etymology: elicitus, Latin.

    It is the virtue of humility and obedience, and not the formal elicit act of meekness; meekness being ordinarily annexed to these virtues. Henry Hammond, Pract. Catech.

    The schools dispute whether, in morals, the external action superadds any thing of good or evil to the internal elicit act of the will. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. elicit

    Elicit refers to the act of bringing out or drawing forth a reaction, response, answer or any other information from someone. It can also refer to provoking a particular outcome or reaction, often through careful or planned prompting or questioning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elicitadjective

    elicited; drawn out; made real; open; evident

  2. Elicitverb

    to draw out or entice forth; to bring to light; to bring out against the will; to deduce by reason or argument; as, to elicit truth by discussion

  3. Etymology: [L. elictus, p. p. of elicere to elicit; e + lacere to entice. Cf. Delight, Lace.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elicit

    e-lis′it, v.t. to entice: to bring to light: to deduce.—n. Elicitā′tion. [L. elicĕre, elicitum.]


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elicit in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elicit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of elicit in a Sentence

  1. John Kerry:

    What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better.

  2. White House:

    I don't, probably, think there's any The Maryland Democrat who probably wouldn't in their gut say,' House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler know, The Maryland Democrat's done some things that probably justify impeachment,' having said that -- this is the important point -- I think the majority of Democrats continue to believe that we need to continue to pursue the avenue that we've been on in trying to elicit information, testimony, review the Mueller report, review other items. ... If the facts lead us to a broader action, so be it.

  3. Eng Eong Ooi:

    Showing that the vaccine is safe and would elicit potentially useful immune response against SARS-CoV-2 is very welcomed.

  4. Genevieve Piche:

    Until now, our hypotheses were that maternal depression has a greater influence on girls since it provides them with a model of depressive, cognitive and interpersonal functioning and also may elicit more caretaking behavior in girls, which subsequently could lead them to develop depressive symptoms.

  5. Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell:

    Cedar Rapids is a city with a diverse population and many viewpoints. Today’s Supreme Court decision is likely to elicit strong opinions. What we must do as a city is come together, especially in times like these. The Cedar Rapids Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation into tonight’s incident. We all have a right to our opinions, but we must act in a peaceful and respectful manner.

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  • يستنبطArabic
  • извличамBulgarian
  • entlocken, auslösen, hervorrufen, hervorlocken, schlussfolgern, elizitieren, locken, herauslocken, schließen, eruierenGerman
  • εκμαιεύωGreek
  • ellogiEsperanto
  • deducir, obtener, sonsacar, suscitar, provocar, inferirSpanish
  • استخراجPersian
  • raisonner, déduire, réaliser, causerFrench
  • elicitIrish
  • kicsalHungarian
  • բացահայտArmenian
  • memperolehIndonesian
  • suscitareItalian
  • לעוררHebrew
  • 引き出すJapanese
  • 이끌어 내다Korean
  • ELICIOLatin
  • påkalle, vekke, fremkalle, avstedkomme, resonnere, slutteNorwegian
  • redeneren, oproepen, veroorzaken, teweegbrengen, ontlokken, afleidenDutch
  • lokke fremNorwegian
  • provocarPortuguese
  • obțineRomanian
  • вызыва́ть, вы́явить, вы́звать, вызывать, устана́вливать, выявля́ть, де́лать вы́вод, извле́чь, установи́ть, сде́лать вы́вод, извлека́тьRussian
  • evocirati, izazvati, polučiti, izvućiSerbo-Croatian
  • framkalla, få fram, väcka, locka framSwedish
  • aydınlığa çıkarmak, temin etmek, yol açmak, neden olmak, tepkiye neden olmak, ortaya çıkarmak, almak, sağlamak, aydınlatmak, edinmek, çıkarmak, tepki göstermek, öğrenmek, meydana çıkarmak, elde etmekTurkish
  • elicitUrdu
  • 引出Chinese

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