: to draw forth or bring out (something latent or potential) <hypnotism elicited his hidden fears>
Examples of ELICIT
- She's been trying to elicit the support of other committee members.
- My question elicited no response.
- She's been unable to elicit much sympathy from the public.
- If ever there was a two-way pleasure street, it's the delight a baby takes in being tickled and the joy the parent experiences in the tumble of laughter it elicits. —Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 17 Jan. 2005
- Gingrich elicits perhaps the greatest sympathy when he talks about the challenge of graduating from a rabble-rousing backbencher in the House minority to presiding over (and trying to control) the first Republican majority in 40 years. —Richard L. Berke, New York Times Book Review, 17 May 1998
- In a wild, captive wolf that is not socialized to man, approach will elicit flight and, if the wolf is cornered, a defensive reaction may be triggered, which is termed the critical-distance reaction. —Michael W. Fox, The Soul of the Wolf, 1980
Origin of ELICIT
past participle of elicere,
First Known Use: 1605
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