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[suh-lis-i-tood, -tyood] /səˈlɪs ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
the state of being solicitous; anxiety or concern.
solicitudes, causes of anxiety or care.
an attitude expressing excessive attentiveness:
to show great solicitude about his wife's health.
Origin of solicitude
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin sollicitūdō uneasiness of mind, derivative of sollicitus agitated. See solicit, -tude
Related forms
self-solicitude, noun
1. worry, care, unease, disquietude, apprehension. Unabridged
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  • They the proceeded to the house where he was lying, exhibiting of course intense anxiety and solicitude.
  • There is certainly evidence the court will not easily shake its undue solicitude for the problems of corporations.
  • The waiters approach, and their old-fashioned solicitude is not what you expect from a sports-themed restaurant.
  • Such solicitude extended to his four siblings, his parents and his in-laws.
  • The people watched the threatening events with deep solicitude.
  • Though far distant, they have not forgotten you, but watch with anxious solicitude your movements.
  • Whenever he calls, she melts into a pool of cooing maternal solicitude.
  • In this collection, the author examines the human desire for solicitude.
  • The chief solicitude of the rich and of the ruler in the old civilization had been to keep up a supply of drudges.
  • But this is still the government of all the people, and it should be none the less an object of their affectionate solicitude.
British Dictionary definitions for solicitude


the state or quality of being solicitous
(often pl) something that causes anxiety or concern
anxiety or concern
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Word Origin and History for solicitude

early 15c., from Middle French solicitude (Modern French sollicitude), and directly from Latin sollicitudinem (nominative solicitudo) "anxiety, uneasiness of mind," noun of state from past participle stem of solicitare (see solicit).

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