solicitous

[suh-lis-i-tuhs]
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adjective
  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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Examples from the Web for solicitousness

Historical Examples of solicitousness

  • He waved aside Braceway's solicitousness about his strength.

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.

  • His solicitousness alarmed her more than positive enmity on his part.

    Mystery Ranch

    Arthur Chapman

  • Pehrson was a good man, but this kind of solicitousness Baker found annoying.

    The Great Gray Plague

    Raymond F. Jones

  • But her father, who called himself agnostic, had quietly pooh-poohed his wife's solicitousness regarding the little virtues.

    Painted Veils

    James Huneker


British Dictionary definitions for solicitousness

solicitous

adjective
  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 solicitousness

solicitous

adj.

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

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