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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: elicitus, past participle of elicere 'to draw out'

elicit

verb
     
e‧li‧cit [transitive]
to succeed in getting information or a reaction from someone, especially when this is difficult:
When her knock elicited no response, she opened the door and peeped in.
elicit something from somebody
The test uses pictures to elicit words from the child.
elicitation noun [uncountable]

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