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  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.
  3. eager (usually followed by an infinitive): He was always solicitous to please.
  4. 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

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Historical Examples of solicitously

  • A spasm of pain crossed his face, and she bent over him solicitously.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander

  • "You look all tired out, my dear," remarked Mrs. Dean solicitously.

    Marjorie Dean

    Pauline Lester

  • He came immediately to the bedside and looked at Blaine solicitously.

  • Heinrich, solicitously brushing and folding Karl's coat, waited.

    The Devil

    Joseph O'Brien

  • He made a back of the chair, spread the rug and installed her solicitously.

    Skippy Bedelle

    Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for solicitously


  1. showing consideration, concern, attention, etc
  2. 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 solicitously



1560s, from Latin sollicitus "restless, uneasy, careful, full of anxiety" (see solicit). Related: Solicitously; solicitousness.

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