- 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
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1. mindful, regardful, attentive.
1. unconcerned, careless.
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Examples from the Web for solicitous
In a world increasingly bending toward snark, Updike managed to remain curious, solicitous, a gentleman.The Literary Gentleman
January 30, 2009
I was not solicitous to vindicate him when I was not joined in their reflection.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Your reputation could not suffer: that it was beneath you to be solicitous about.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Smith was coming on the deck under the solicitous escort of a surgeon.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
You are solicitous of the good-will of the meanest person, uneasy at his ill-will.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
But now the voice broke in again, apologetic, solicitous, self-seeking.Hidden Water
- showing consideration, concern, attention, etc
- keenly anxious or willing; eager
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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