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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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  • In the expression of her pleasure, she solicitously pressed the viands on Mr. Brock.

    The Tobacco Tiller Sarah Bell Hackley
  • He made a back of the chair, spread the rug and installed her solicitously.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • She looked at him solicitously, as though she would have liked to remove with womanly hands the marks of neglect from his apparel.

    The Moon Rock Arthur J. Rees
  • Mrs. Gerand solicitously helped her on with her shabby blue coat.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • These who persisted in their friendship grew to regard her solicitously and misunderstand their emotions toward her.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • All the dying embers of controversy were solicitously fanned.

  • One of the helpful stewards fastened their chairs and most solicitously guided them to their seats, one at a time.

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

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • "It's very bad for your voice, Miss Redmond, staying up all night," went on Lizzie solicitously.

    The Stolen Singer Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • 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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