solicitous

adjective so·lic·i·tous \ sə-ˈli-sə-təs , -ˈli-stəs \

Definition of solicitous

1 :manifesting or expressing solicitude
  • a solicitous inquiry about his health
2 :full of concern or fears :apprehensive
  • solicitous about the future
3 :meticulously careful
  • solicitous in matters of dress
4 :full of desire :eager

solicitously

adverb

solicitousness

noun

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Examples of solicitous in a Sentence

  1. I appreciated his solicitous inquiry about my health.

  2. He had always been solicitous for the welfare of his family.

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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 and Etymology of solicitous

Latin sollicitus


SOLICITOUS Defined for English Language Learners

solicitous

adjective

Definition of solicitous for English Language Learners

  • : showing concern or care for someone's health, happiness, etc.



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