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 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

Synonyms for solicitous

Antonyms for solicitous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for solicitous

Contemporary Examples of solicitous

  • In a world increasingly bending toward snark, Updike managed to remain curious, solicitous, a gentleman.

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    The Literary Gentleman

    John Freeman

    January 30, 2009

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



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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