- 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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1. mindful, regardful, attentive.
1. unconcerned, careless.
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- showing consideration, concern, attention, etc
- keenly anxious or willing; eager
C16: from Latin sollicitus anxious; see solicit
Word Origin and History for solicitousness
1560s, from Latin sollicitus "restless, uneasy, careful, full of anxiety" (see solicit). Related: Solicitously; solicitousness.
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