[ US /ɪˈɫɪsɪt/ ]
[ UK /ɪlˈɪsɪt/ ]
  1. deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
    We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant
  2. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    arouse pity
    evoke sympathy
    raise a smile
  3. derive by reason
    elicit a solution
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How To Use elicit In A Sentence

  • Washington, who believed liquor a particular scourge among blacks, sent felicitations. LAST CALL
  • Its addition in minute amounts to the nucleoprotein tumor fraction, was expected to suppress the formation of the fibrillar halo if nucleic acids rather that the protein were responsible for the nerve growth promoting effect elicited by this fraction. Nobel Lecture The Nerve Growth Factor: Thirty-Five Years Later
  • Palpation of the nasal structures should be done to elicit any crepitus, indentation, or irregularity of the nasal bone.
  • All of which has elicited no reaction at all. Times, Sunday Times
  • Marriage documents were signed, felicitations offered, they sat down to a great banquet, and the new bride lay in her husband's lap... Elizabeth Abbott: Is New York's Gay Marriage Truly Historic?
  • And it is in the elicitory processes of both personal attachment and detachment wherein social agency lies.
  • Prema Jayakumar's translation is done with a rare felicity that is pleasing to read.
  • In the past a recitation of those statements would have elicited a collective nod from any listening Americans.
  • Second, the Employment Tribunal's decision should be read generously and not overturned merely because of infelicitous or inappropriate statements which were looking at the matter in the round, of an inessential nature.
  • Bosnia are not simply in Brazil to elicit sympathy or provide romance, and they score an awful lot of goals. Times, Sunday Times
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