[ suh-lis-i-tood, -tyood ]
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  1. the state of being solicitous; anxiety or concern.

  2. solicitudes, causes of anxiety or care.

  1. an attitude expressing excessive attentiveness: to show great solicitude about his wife's health.

Origin of solicitude

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

Other words for solicitude

Other words from solicitude

  • self-so·lic·i·tude, noun

Words Nearby solicitude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use solicitude in a sentence

  • There was no doubt thought of his own loss in this question: yet there was, one may hope, a germ of solicitude for the mother too.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • Above all else he did not want Winifred to know that solicitude in her behalf had drawn him from the path of duty.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • Our solicitude was now required solely for Joe, whose head was too deeply buried to be exhumed with so much facility.

  • An offer which Jane received from a very honest, industrious, and thrifty jeweler, aroused anew a mother's maternal solicitude.

  • Then bending over Oliver, he helped to carry him up stairs with the care and solicitude of a woman.

British Dictionary definitions for solicitude


/ (səˈlɪsɪˌtjuːd) /

  1. the state or quality of being solicitous

  2. (often plural) something that causes anxiety or concern

  1. anxiety or concern

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