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1 Evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone:‘I tried to elicit a smile from Joanna’‘the work elicited enormous public interest’
obtain, bring out, draw out, extract, evoke, bring about, bring forth, induce, excite, give rise to, call forth, prompt, generate, engender, spark off, trigger, kindleextort, exact, wrest, derive, provoke, wring, screw, squeezeworm outView synonyms
- ‘You would imagine that a call to the Department of the Taoiseach would elicit answers to those relatively easy questions.’
- ‘He tried gesturing towards the door but that elicited no useful reaction from the creature.’
- ‘They say they are interested in eliciting strong reactions to their work but, as people, the deepest emotion they seem willing to display is this kind of bland amusement.’
- ‘We need to stop worrying about what others think of us and make pictures that elicit a gut reaction.’
- ‘Translation into local languages of report and draft Constitution to elicit public responses.’
- ‘Pressing him on whether women seriously held the upper hand in government and society, she never quite elicited a satisfying answer.’
- ‘The study was widely reported in newspapers and elicited some unsurprising reactions.’
- ‘In other words, such a question is not meant to elicit an answer.’
- ‘It's time to start worrying when exhibitions elicit no reaction at all.’
- ‘I put the emphasis on that last word just right so to elicit some reaction from him.’
- ‘This is a work-in-progress meant to elicit reaction and address problems in the transport industry.’
- ‘His name isn't going to elicit a positive reaction - it hasn't for over a year now.’
- ‘Next, the points were stimulated with an ear probe to elicit a positive reaction.’
- ‘If some students disagree with an incorrect answer, elicit the correct response.’
- ‘Other innovations are eliciting such reactions.’
- ‘which are more likely to elicit a positive response than direct statements of fact.’
- ‘According to analysts, any bit of good news in this climate elicits an exaggerated reaction in an oversold market that's coming off a slew of negative pre-announcements.’
- ‘That question's been asked time and time again, and it elicits no valid answer.’
- ‘In fact, neither of these statements elicited a positive response and Wilson quickly moved on.’
- ‘Prolonged question and answer sessions will eventually elicit the response the teacher is looking for.’
- 1.1archaic Draw forth (something that is latent or potential) into existence:‘a corrupt heart elicits in an hour all that is bad in us’
cause, induce, provoke, create, generate, engender, foster, encourage, lead to, call forth, make happenView synonyms
- ‘However, the extension to minority groups elicits the potential for internal (cultural or economic) autonomy.’
- ‘Action potentials are elicited when tiny pores in the nerve cell membrane, known as sodium channels, open up in response to a stimulus.’
- ‘But eliciting the yet-unrealized potentials of an ecosystem is one thing; firing silver bullets at it is quite another.’
- ‘Detection of the deviant elicits additional evoked potentials.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin elicit- drawn out by trickery or magic, from the verb elicere, from e- (variant of ex-) out + lacere entice, deceive.
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