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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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  • The youthful shepherd did her every little service in his power, and Amarillis was pleased to see him so solicitous to oblige her.

    The Blossoms of Morality Richard Johnson
  • I was not solicitous to vindicate him when I was not joined in their reflection.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • It resented its lack of knowledge, and turned cynical where, had it been taken into confidence, it would have been solicitous.

    The Breaking Point Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Smith was coming on the deck under the solicitous escort of a surgeon.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Bone'm was the name of the bull-dog as to which Gilmore had been solicitous as he looked over the gate.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • But now the voice broke in again, apologetic, solicitous, self-seeking.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • Diana laid her fingers gently on his arm, and Marcantonio broke out into solicitous protestations.

    To Leeward F. Marion Crawford
  • Again, we only ask for things about which we are solicitous.

  • Then it was that I understood why the old man was so solicitous regarding John's injury.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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