from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bring or draw out (something latent); educe.
- transitive v. To arrive at (a truth, for example) by logic.
- transitive v. To call forth, draw out, or provoke (a reaction, for example). See Synonyms at evoke.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To evoke, educe (emotions, feelings, responses, etc.); to generate, obtain, or provoke as a response or answer.
- v. To draw out, bring out, bring forth (something latent); to obtain information from someone or something.
- v. To use logic to arrive at truth; to derive by reason; deduce; construe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Elicited; drawn out; made real; open; evident.
- transitive v. To draw out or entice forth; to bring to light; to bring out against the will; to deduce by reason or argument.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw out; bring forth or to light; evolve; gain: as, to elicit sparks by collision; to elicit truth by discussion; to elicit approval.
- Immediately directed to an end: opposed to imperate.
- Performed by the will itself without the aid of any other faculty: as, volition, nolition, choice, consent, and the like are elicit acts: opposed to imperate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
- v. derive by reason
- v. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
Latin ēlicere, ēlicit- : ē-, ex-, ex- + lacere, to entice.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin elicitus from elicere, to draw forth (Wiktionary)