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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
First recorded in 1555-65, solicitous is from the Latin word 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for solicitous
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  • I was not solicitous to vindicate him when I was not joined in their reflection.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Your reputation could not suffer: that it was beneath you to be solicitous about.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • 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 Dane Coolidge
  • Again, we only ask for things about which we are solicitous.

  • The Arab, while apparently as solicitous as ever, was changed.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • What business was it of his, anyway, and why was he so solicitous as to where he went?

    Steve and the Steam Engine Sara Ware Bassett
  • Not the least solicitous of these were “the Little Twin Brethren.”

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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