Simple Definition of solicitous
: showing concern or care for someone's health, happiness, etc.
Full Definition of solicitous
Examples of solicitous in a sentence
I appreciated his solicitous inquiry about my health.
He had always been solicitous for the welfare of his family.
Did You Know?
If you're solicitous about learning the connections between words, you'll surely want to know about the relationship between "solicitous" and another word you've probably heard before-"solicit." "Solicitous" doesn't come from "solicit," but the two words are related. They both have their roots in the Latin word sollicitus, meaning "anxious." "Solicitous" itself came directly from this Latin word, whereas "solicit" made its way to English with a few more steps. From "sollicitus" came the Latin verb sollicitare, meaning "to disturb, agitate, move, or entreat." Forms of this verb were borrowed into Anglo-French, and then Middle English, and have survived in Modern English as "solicit."
Origin of solicitous
First Known Use: 1563
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