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solicitous

[ suh-lis-i-tuhs ]
/ səˈlɪs ɪ təs /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of solicitous

First recorded in 1555–65, solicitous is from the Latin word sollicitus anxious. See solicit, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for solicitous

solicitous
/ (səˈlɪsɪtəs) /

adjective

showing consideration, concern, attention, etc
keenly anxious or willing; eager

Derived forms of solicitous

solicitously, adverbsolicitousness, noun

Word Origin for solicitous

C16: from Latin sollicitus anxious; see solicit
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