[ suh-lis-i-tuhs ]
/ səˈlɪs ɪ təs /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR solicitous
OPPOSITES FOR solicitous
1 unconcerned, careless.
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Origin of solicitous
OTHER WORDS FROM solicitous
so·lic·i·tous·ly, adverbso·lic·i·tous·ness, nounnon·so·lic·i·tous, adjectivenon·so·lic·i·tous·ly, adverb
non·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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How to use solicitous in a sentence
Of course, she was very proud of her calf, and mooed solicitously when we approached to examine it.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
Heinrich, solicitously brushing and folding Karl's coat, waited.The Devil|Joseph O'Brien
When he opened his eyes, it was to look into the gentle face of the Bishop of Ely bending solicitously over him.Robert Annys: Poor Priest|Annie Nathan Meyer
He considered a little ravelly strip along one of his cuffs solicitously.The Escape of Mr. Trimm|Irvin S. Cobb
Old father Ball had had a seizure of some sort in the morning, and Mrs. Ball hung over him solicitously, fearing another.The Open Question|Elizabeth Robins
British Dictionary definitions for solicitous
/ (səˈlɪsɪtəs) /
showing consideration, concern, attention, etc
keenly anxious or willing; eager
Derived forms of solicitoussolicitously, adverbsolicitousness, noun
Word Origin for solicitous
C16: from Latin sollicitus anxious; see solicit
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