[ suh-lis-i-tood, -tyood ]
/ səˈlɪs ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


the state of being solicitous; anxiety or concern.
solicitudes, causes of anxiety or care.
an attitude expressing excessive attentiveness: to show great solicitude about his wife's health.

Nearby words

  1. solicitation,
  2. solicitor,
  3. solicitor general,
  4. solicitous,
  5. solicitously,
  6. solid,
  7. solid angle,
  8. solid fuel,
  9. solid geometry,
  10. solid injection

Origin of solicitude

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin sollicitūdō uneasiness of mind, derivative of sollicitus agitated. See solicit, -tude

Related formsself-so·lic·i·tude, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for solicitude


/ (səˈlɪsɪˌtjuːd) /


the state or quality of being solicitous
(often plural) something that causes anxiety or concern
anxiety or concern
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Word Origin and History for solicitude



early 15c., from Middle French solicitude (Modern French sollicitude), and directly from Latin sollicitudinem (nominative solicitudo) "anxiety, uneasiness of mind," noun of state from past participle stem of solicitare (see solicit).

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