• WordNet 3.6
    • v elicit derive by reason "elicit a solution"
    • v elicit deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning) "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant"
    • v elicit call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) "arouse pity","raise a smile","evoke sympathy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Elicit Elicited; drawn out; made real; open; evident. "An elicit act of equity."
    • v. t Elicit 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • elicit To draw out; bring forth or to light; evolve; gain: as, to elicit sparks by collision; to elicit truth by discussion; to elicit approval.
    • elicit Immediately directed to an end: opposed to imperate.
    • elicit 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Elicit e-lis′it to entice: to bring to light: to deduce
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  • Horace
    “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”
  • Seneca
    “Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.”
  • Graham Greene
    “It is the story-teller's task to elicit sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of State approval.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. elictus, p. p. of elicere, to elicit; e, + lacere, to entice. Cf. Delight Lace
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. elicĕre, elicitum.


In literature:

Thus, to elicit individuality has been the object of the best political institutions and governments.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
A momentary action may be so represented, as to elicit a desire for, and even an intimation of its event.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXVIII. February, 1843. Vol. LIII." by Various
He described the subject as one that had elicited the admiration of the class.
"Wild Western Scenes" by John Beauchamp Jones
Rain and other discomforts elicited from his lips nothing but praises to God.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
His works were generally either the causes of controversy or elicited by it.
"A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature" by John W. Cousin
At the inquest nothing could elicit an intelligent account of what the paper had contained.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
This decision elicited from me another energetic protest.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
But he did, and all the gibes of his captors, uttered in quite the most polite language imaginable, failed to elicit a reply.
"Behind the Line" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The most elementary question directed at his moral consciousness will at once elicit the universal element.
"Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher" by Henry Jones
Neither feeble health nor grey hairs could elicit, the king's compassion.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters

In poetry:

The first was a highly-accomplished "bones,"
The next elicited banjo tones,
The third was a quiet, retiring chap,
Who danced an excellent break-down "flap."
"The Three Kings of Chickeraboo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Spirit of Love! O come; best joys revealing,
That heaven bestows upon the human mind,
And, by thy quick'ning power, elicit feeling,
And renovate the temper of mankind!
"To Charity" by Thomas Odiorne
He blew at his "Cottage," and blew with a will,
For a year, seven months, and a fortnight, until
(You'll hardly believe it) McCLAN, I declare,
Elicited something resembling an air.
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

It came as terrific news to many -- as expected -- but the resumption of the Penn State-Pitt football series also surprisingly elicited plenty of "Eh, what's the big deal".
Rick Santorum's profanity-laced outburst at Jeff Zeleny of the New York Tim es has elicited a fair amount of comment in the political world, as one might imagine – including among Fox News analysts.
Throwback Thursday picture post elicits hurt , angry feelings.
She repeats no catchy sound bites designed to elicit emotional reaction rather than thoughtful decision making.
After the former Alaska governor accused the president of performing a "shuck and jive " on questions over Libya, the MSNBC host took her to task -- and elicited a strong response.
Recession Elicits `The Lipstick Effect' in Women.
Red lipstick elicits bigger tips.
How do you elicit sympathy for a rattlesnake.
URBANA — A 7-month-old housecat's story of survival has elicited compassion and donations from cat lovers around the globe.
There are some vegetables that elicit strong reactions.
Onion 's zesty flavor isn't the only thing that makes chopping one worth the tears it elicits: onions contain ingredients that fight colds and flu.
Border Patrol Agent's Death Elicits Political Outcry .
Encouraging audience members and citizens "to fight for the right to be free," the pop star's latest socio-political statement elicited cheers and jeers in Russia.
The media had gathered for a rare "press conference" where Fox News' Ed Henry and ABC's Jake Tapper are usually the only ones who ever seem to ask a question that elicits anything other than filibustering presidential pabulum.
From China to Iran, President Obama's reelection elicited everything from celebration to doubt about his second-term agenda.

In science:

Fig. 2 shows results for training sets of different sizes, simulating the effect of additional elicitation.
A Framework for Optimizing Paper Matching
As mentioned above, LM is able to exploit observed suitabilities by adding relevant papers to the user corpus, but this attenuates the impact of elicited scores: we see LM is outperformed by all other methods when sufficient data is available.
A Framework for Optimizing Paper Matching
We showed how by eliciting only a small subset of scores from reviewers and inferring unobserved scores, using one of several learning methods, we are able to determine high quality matchings.
A Framework for Optimizing Paper Matching
Sebe et al.’s study helps us in understanding the problems encountered with capturing spontaneous expressions and the round-about mechanisms that have to be used in order to elicit and capture authentic facial expressions.
Face Expression Recognition and Analysis: The State of the Art
While doing so, they have reported that eliciting sadness and fear in the subjects was difficult .
Face Expression Recognition and Analysis: The State of the Art