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[suh-lis-i-tood, -tyood]
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  1. the state of being solicitous; anxiety or concern.
  2. solicitudes, causes of anxiety or care.
  3. an attitude expressing excessive attentiveness: to show great solicitude about his wife's health.

Origin of solicitude

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin sollicitūdō uneasiness of mind, derivative of sollicitus agitated. See solicit, -tude
Related formsself-so·lic·i·tude, noun


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1. worry, care, unease, disquietude, apprehension.
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British Dictionary definitions for self-solicitude


  1. the state or quality of being solicitous
  2. (often plural) something that causes anxiety or concern
  3. anxiety or concern
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Word Origin and History for self-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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