- 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
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Antonyms for solicitous
Related Words for solicitouszealous, 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
In a world increasingly bending toward snark, Updike managed to remain curious, solicitous, a gentleman.The Literary Gentleman
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)
Your reputation could not suffer: that it was beneath you to be solicitous about.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Smith was coming on the deck under the solicitous escort of a surgeon.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
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
- showing consideration, concern, attention, etc
- keenly anxious or willing; eager
Word Origin for solicitous
Word Origin and History for solicitous
1560s, from Latin sollicitus "restless, uneasy, careful, full of anxiety" (see solicit). Related: Solicitously; solicitousness.