[ suh-lis-i-tuhs ]
/ səˈlɪs ɪ təs /


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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM solicitous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for solicitousness

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

    Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
  • He waved aside Braceway's solicitousness about his strength.

    The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
  • But her father, who called himself agnostic, had quietly pooh-poohed his wife's solicitousness regarding the little virtues.

    Painted Veils|James Huneker
  • Pehrson was a good man, but this kind of solicitousness Baker found annoying.

    The Great Gray Plague|Raymond F. Jones

British Dictionary definitions for solicitousness

/ (səˈlɪsɪtəs) /


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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