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solicitous

[suh-lis-i-tuh s] /səˈlɪs ɪ təs/
adjective
1.
anxious or concerned (usually followed by about, for, etc., or a clause):
solicitous about a person's health.
2.
anxiously desirous:
solicitous of the esteem of others.
3.
eager (usually followed by an infinitive):
He was always solicitous to please.
4.
careful or particular:
a solicitous housekeeper.
Origin of solicitous
1555-1565
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
Synonyms
1. mindful, regardful, attentive.
Antonyms
1. unconcerned, careless.
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  • He waved aside Braceway's solicitousness about his strength.

    The Winning Clue James Hay, Jr.
  • Pehrson was a good man, but this kind of solicitousness Baker found annoying.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • His solicitousness alarmed her more than positive enmity on his part.

    Mystery Ranch Arthur Chapman
  • But her father, who called himself agnostic, had quietly pooh-poohed his wife's solicitousness regarding the little virtues.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for solicitousness

solicitous

/səˈlɪsɪtəs/
adjective
1.
showing consideration, concern, attention, etc
2.
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 solicitousness

solicitous

adj.

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

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