[ suh-lis-i-tuhs ]
See synonyms for: solicitoussolicitouslysolicitousness on

  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.

  1. eager (usually followed by an infinitive): He was always solicitous to please.

  2. 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

Other words for solicitous

Opposites for solicitous

Other words from solicitous

  • so·lic·i·tous·ly, adverb
  • so·lic·i·tous·ness, noun
  • non·so·lic·i·tous, adjective
  • non·so·lic·i·tous·ly, adverb
  • non·so·lic·i·tous·ness, noun
  • un·so·lic·i·tous, adjective
  • un·so·lic·i·tous·ly, adverb
  • un·so·lic·i·tous·ness, noun

Words Nearby solicitous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use solicitous in a sentence

  • It was John's solicitous voice, and it was followed by a quick movement from Suzanne's side of the table.

    The Medici Boots | Pearl Norton Swet
  • He stopped, suddenly solicitous of her, on the point of suggesting that she might prefer not to be seen returning thus.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
  • The "sire," fell on the ears of Madame Chalice like a mot in a play; but Valmond, living up to his part, was grave and solicitous.

British Dictionary definitions for solicitous


/ (səˈlɪsɪtəs) /

  1. showing consideration, concern, attention, etc

  2. keenly anxious or willing; eager

Origin of solicitous

C16: from Latin sollicitus anxious; see solicit

Derived forms of solicitous

  • solicitously, adverb
  • solicitousness, noun

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