oversolicitous

adjective

over·​so·​lic·​i·​tous ˌō-vər-sə-ˈli-sə-təs How to pronounce oversolicitous (audio)
-ˈli-stəs
: having or showing too much solicitude or concern for someone's health, happiness, comfort, etc. : excessively solicitous
… our table was subjected to a relentless swarm of oversolicitous servers, which left us wondering if someone in our party—which included a few other food writers—was marked.Mike Sula
Overprotective and oversolicitous parents may inadvertently encourage the child to pay an inordinate amount of attention to his bodily sensations and functions.Stella Chess and Mahin Hassibi
… it is important that the therapists provide social warmth and graciousness without being oversolicitous.David V. Keith

Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oversolicitous was in 1653

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“Oversolicitous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversolicitous. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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