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  1. anxious or concerned (usually followed by about, for, etc., or a clause): solicitous about a person's health.
  2. anxiously desirous: solicitous of the esteem of others.
  3. eager (usually followed by an infinitive): He was always solicitous to please.
  4. careful or particular: a solicitous housekeeper.
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Origin of solicitous

First recorded in 1555–65, solicitous is from the Latin word sollicitus anxious. See solicit, -ous
Related formsso·lic·i·tous·ly, adverbso·lic·i·tous·ness, nounnon·so·lic·i·tous, adjectivenon·so·lic·i·tous·ly, adverbnon·so·lic·i·tous·ness, nounun·so·lic·i·tous, adjectiveun·so·lic·i·tous·ly, adverbun·so·lic·i·tous·ness, noun

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Related Words for solicitous

zealous, attentive, mindful, loving, anxious, apprehensive, ardent, avid, careful, concerned, devoted, eager, earnest, heedful, impatient, keen, raring, regardful, tender, thirsty

Examples from the Web for solicitous

Contemporary Examples of solicitous

Historical Examples of solicitous

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for solicitous


  1. showing consideration, concern, attention, etc
  2. keenly anxious or willing; eager
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Derived Formssolicitously, adverbsolicitousness, noun

Word Origin for solicitous

C16: from Latin sollicitus anxious; see solicit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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