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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.
Recent Examples of solicitous from the Web
The young Republicans, not surprisingly, were far more solicitous of the sitting attorney general.
On the Palestinian side, there is little to lose in being solicitous of Mr. Trump.
Frictions with the administration come with the territory, even as many in the briefing room are solicitous to the point of unseemly apple-polishing of the spokesman.
For months before Americans voted last year, European leaders denounced Donald Trump — only to have to make amends this year with solicitous visits to the new U.S. president at the White House.
The Augusta National Golf Club uses that term and so do many of its business partners, like a long-solicitous CBS.
Shiffrin is sweet and genuine off the slopes, respectful and solicitous of others.
Putin, in his first few years in office, was relatively solicitous of the West.
Dinner was alfresco, beneath a swatch of thatch, with solicitous waiters serving sizzling steak tacos and the Pacific pounding sand a few yards off.
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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
First Known Use: 1563See Words from the same year
SOLICITOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solicitous for English Language Learners
: showing concern or care for someone's health, happiness, etc.
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