Elicit vs. Illicit

by Jennifer on June 12, 2011

Here are a couple words that are a little tricky when it comes to using them while transcribing.

Elicit is a verb that means to bring out, produce as a response, or draw forth.


She has been trying to elicit the support of the other nurses.

The doctor has been unable to elicit much feedback from the patients.

Illicit is an adjective describing something that is forbidden by law, rules, or custom.  It is something that is not permitted or unlawful.


The patient’s tests were positive for illicit drugs.

After the appointment, the patient was headed to police station for illicit behavior.

I am sure there are many sentences you can think of to use elicit and illicit in.  Please share if you have some.

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Debbie June 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

It was so odd, but right after I read this post a doctor I was transcribing for used the phrase, “elicit more information about.” This post was fresh in my mind and so helpful. Thank you!

Renee July 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

Thank you for such complete posts! It really helps when you give examples on how each are used. Renee

Charla K. November 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Great post! Thank you!

Laura July 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

This was SO helpful! I will be back to this site for my next question. Thanks!

Rachel July 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Great to hear it!

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