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[suh-lis-i-tuh s] /səˈlɪs ɪ təs/
anxious or concerned (usually followed by about, for, etc., or a clause):
solicitous about a person's health.
anxiously desirous:
solicitous of the esteem of others.
eager (usually followed by an infinitive):
He was always solicitous to please.
careful or particular:
a solicitous housekeeper.
Origin of solicitous
1555-65; < Latin sollicitus anxious. See solicit, -ous
Related forms
solicitously, adverb
solicitousness, noun
nonsolicitous, adjective
nonsolicitously, adverb
nonsolicitousness, noun
unsolicitous, adjective
unsolicitously, adverb
unsolicitousness, noun
1. mindful, regardful, attentive.
1. unconcerned, careless. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for solicitous
  • He is solicitous about colleagues, concerned about friends and worried about the whole world.
  • He is polite and solicitous and makes you feel-even as you try to resist him-that he truly has your interests at heart.
  • One hates one's abnormal, erupting skin but is led into a brooding, solicitous attention toward it.
  • These martyrs are so solicitous to intercede for us, that they suffer not that they should be prayed to in vain.
  • His zeal made him solicitous, in the first place, for the salvation of his relations.
  • They are in secure possession of their own felicity, and yet are solicitous for ours.
  • Much of the allure comes from the solicitous attention of the white-jacketed staff.
  • The machine alternately grinds corn into his face and wipes his mouth with a solicitous, but entirely ineffectual, self-wiper.
  • He's solicitous and courteous, and after he invites you to the theater he writes to thank you for coming.
  • One way to hold down the solicitous calls is to give your friends a regular update by e-mail, if you have it.
British Dictionary definitions for solicitous


showing consideration, concern, attention, etc
keenly anxious or willing; eager
Derived Forms
solicitously, adverb
solicitousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sollicitus anxious; see solicit
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Word Origin and History for solicitous

1560s, from Latin sollicitus "restless, uneasy, careful, full of anxiety" (see solicit). Related: Solicitously; solicitousness.

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