Misused Words

Elicit and Illicit

Elicit, a verb, means to draw forth from someone, such as information.

The teacher managed to elicit the answer from the student.

Illicit, an adjective, means illegal.

The sale of marijuana is illicit in Canada.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) In some countries the sale of drugs is not (elicit, illicit).

(2) The policeman tried unsuccessfully to (elicit, illicit) vital information from the injured man.

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