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Chapter 23. Troublemakers 3 > Elicit, Illicit

Elicit, Illicit

These terms are among those most frequently used incorrectly. Pay close attention to the prefixes. One word means “draw out”; the other means “illegal.” Read the following examples and then answer the preview questions.

  • The survey was designed to elicit information about buying habits.

  • Try to elicit a positive response to your request.

  • Bribery is an illicit act.

  • An illicit behavior that bankers worry about is check forgery.


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