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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
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Examples from the Web for solicitously
Historical Examples
  • A spasm of pain crossed his face, and she bent over him solicitously.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • "You look all tired out, my dear," remarked Mrs. Dean solicitously.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • He came immediately to the bedside and looked at Blaine solicitously.

    The Copper-Clad World Harl Vincent
  • Heinrich, solicitously brushing and folding Karl's coat, waited.

    The Devil Joseph O'Brien
  • He made a back of the chair, spread the rug and installed her solicitously.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • Mrs. Gerand solicitously helped her on with her shabby blue coat.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • Dont you be alarmed, he said solicitously, I shall be at hand in case of trouble.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • All the dying embers of controversy were solicitously fanned.

  • "Misinterpret not my words, dearest lady," he said solicitously.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • She allowed me to arrange her pillows and wrap her solicitously in her steamer rugs.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for solicitously


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 solicitously



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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