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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ An effective general practitioner must have counselling skills to elicit important diagnostic information and manage consultations appropriately.
▪ Other questions were designed to elicit information about extent of Creole use as perceived by the respondent.
▪ The questionnaire which was eventually devised was designed to elicit information concerning: 1.
▪ The less standardised section is used to elicit information more varied and qualitative in character.
▪ Precise questions encourage precise answers while vague ones often elicit more information.
▪ Neither seemed able to elicit any information.
▪ Whatever the type of interview the basic purpose is always the same: to elicit information from the interviewee.
▪ If you do not have a directory which includes specialist editors' names a quick phone call will soon elicit the information.
▪ It seems that baby talk is a natural response that babies elicit from adults!
▪ But of course the patient has to figure this out from the responses elicited from the neuropsychologist.
▪ Other questions were designed to elicit information about extent of Creole use as perceived by the respondent.
▪ Finally, it should be clear from the outset what sort of information the survey is designed to elicit.
▪ The questionnaire which was eventually devised was designed to elicit information concerning: 1.
▪ He could take her upstairs now, try slowly to elicit some response from that virginal body.
▪ Short questions are more likely to elicit a response.
▪ Behavior eliciting a negative response decreased in frequency.
▪ He or she is doing a certain thing and we interpret it in a certain way which elicits a given emotion.
▪ He, at least, was successful in eliciting an answer.
▪ Her strength was her ability to elicit and inspire confidences rather than fear in the people she befriended.
▪ She also elicited the views of the students about the way ward organisation helped them to learn.
▪ Single conspicuous targets in the half-field contralateral to the lesion could elicit fixations, implying detection and orienting by a subcortical system.
▪ The longest story is so full of pathos that the joke lines elicit only sympathy, not laughter.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Elicit \E*lic"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elicited; p. pr. & vb. n. Eliciting.] 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.


Elicit \E*lic"it\, a. [L. elictus, p. p. of elicere to elicit; e + lacere to entice. Cf. Delight, Lace.] Elicited; drawn out; made real; open; evident. [Obs.] ``An elicit act of equity.''
--Jer. Taylor.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from Latin elicitus, past participle of elicere "draw out, 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.

  1. (context obsolete English) Elicited; drawn out; made real; open; evident. v

  2. 1 To evoke, educe (emotions, feelings, responses, et

  3. ); to generate, obtain, or provoke as a response or answer. 2 To draw out, bring out, bring forth (something latent); to obtain information from someone or something. 3 To use logic to arrive at truth; to derive by reason; deduce; construe.

  1. v. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" [syn: arouse, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke]

  2. deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning); "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant" [syn: educe, evoke, extract, draw out]

  3. derive by reason; "elicit a solution"

Usage examples of "elicit".

My equerry questioned the guards, at length eliciting the information that Bozo had been seen leaving by a certain gate.

No wonder: all citizens had an implant which constantly interrogated them, eliciting their opinions on every aspect of Demarchy life, both within Cadmus-Asterius and beyond.

Afflisio won: a captain of the name of Beccaxia threw the cards at his face--a trifle to which the self-styled count was accustomed, and which did not elicit any remark from him.

Finished, he sent them off to the temple of Gond where they were to elicit the aid of priests who apparently had the ability to recognize a doppelganger when they saw one.

Zandora and Eil had been no more gentle than they should have been and her returning three or a dozen responses to their tenderness had elicited even sterner measures.

Put less figuratively, well-posed physical questions elicit nonsensical answers from the unhappy amalgam of these two theories.

The Trellisanians in fact had nothing to bargain with, and they knew it, and this had elicited in the gemot leaders a sudden and surprising stubbornness founded on wounded pride.

It was doglike at first, which elicited another woof from Goofus, but then it became less feral and, while not exactly human, began to sound like something that could form words, though none came.

A fresh series of grunts and clicks elicited the fact that the smoke-column seen the previous day on Guanaco Hill had not been created by the tribe.

But when the silky skin of her fanny was tender from the hairbrush or belt or the riding whip she bought me for my forty-first birthday, a hand-spanking elicited delightful groans.

George jerked him roughly by one arm, eliciting a masculine scream, and dragged him into the office, dumping him by Donaldson, who laid still, holding his right arm in his left hand, grey of face.

The rays of the setting sun, breaking through the gap between hedge and ground, elicited a dazzling chromatic display of coruscation and opalescence on the surface of the watery spheres as though to make amends for the dingy gray of the hueless Martian twilight.

Nor was the validity of the order to produce such materials viewed as having been impaired by the fact that it sought to elicit proof not only as to the liability of the corporation but also, evidence in its possession relevant to its defense.

Hakan to an awareness of the hour, and he and Kem bundled themselves together, eliciting promises from their new friends to come to supper on Marin evening and making arrangements for Hakan to pick them up.

With their well-known and documented power to elicit vivid psychoactive experiences long after the waning of primary effects.