[ suh-lis-i-tuhs ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. solicit,
  2. solicitate,
  3. solicitation,
  4. solicitor,
  5. solicitor general,
  6. solicitously,
  7. solicitude,
  8. solid,
  9. solid angle,
  10. solid fuel

Origin of solicitous

First recorded in 1555–65, solicitous is from the Latin word sollicitus anxious. See solicit, -ous

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for solicitous


/ (səˈlɪsɪtəs) /


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

Word Origin for solicitous

C16: from Latin sollicitus anxious; see solicit

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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.

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