- 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 solicitously
A spasm of pain crossed his face, and she bent over him solicitously.The Crevice
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"You look all tired out, my dear," remarked Mrs. Dean solicitously.Marjorie Dean
He came immediately to the bedside and looked at Blaine solicitously.The Copper-Clad World
Heinrich, solicitously brushing and folding Karl's coat, waited.The Devil
He made a back of the chair, spread the rug and installed her solicitously.Skippy Bedelle
- 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 solicitously
1560s, from Latin sollicitus "restless, uneasy, careful, full of anxiety" (see solicit). Related: Solicitously; solicitousness.
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