so·​lic·​i·​tous | \ sə-ˈli-sə-təs How to pronounce solicitous (audio) , -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

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Other Words from solicitous

solicitously adverb
solicitousness noun

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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."

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 on the Web Towards the end of his life, Bob required the help of Liddie, his solicitous wife. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "Robert Conquest: Sovietologist and Poet," 28 Apr. 2020 Like the 2017 film, in which a young black man’s visit with his white girlfriend’s overly solicitous family evolves into a horror story, Spruill and Richburg’s visit to the Pine Tree Associates nudist club left them feeling tokenized. Washington Post, "Secret Annapolis area nudist club struggles with inclusivity," 1 Mar. 2020 Bernie would make Barack Obama’s overly solicitous attitude toward our enemies and Donald Trump’s bizarrely warm statements about foreign dictators look like American foreign-policy orthodoxy by comparison. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Is America Ready for President Noam Chomsky?," 25 Feb. 2020 Most intelligence officials and FISC judges would tell you that the FISA system is a worthy innovation that has encouraged executive intelligence officials to be more solicitous of American privacy rights. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Ball of Collusion and FISA Reform," 14 Dec. 2019 Mr Moon plays the solicitous suitor to Mr Kim, but gets nothing but abuse in return. The Economist, "Beware North Korea’s petulance and propaganda," 24 Oct. 2019 China, on the other hand, tends to be a much more hands-off trading partner, and long-standing concerns about food security mean Beijing has been unusually solicitous of Brazil’s approval. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Trump’s Trade War Could be Fueling Amazon Fires," 26 Aug. 2019 Avoid misunderstandings by remaining sensitive to someone else's needs without being overly solicitous and anxious. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 7, 2019: Happy birthday Evan Rachel Wood; Virgo, use your energy and take the lead," 7 Sep. 2019 Service is hit or miss, flaky at the bar during one visit, solicitous and thorough during a follow-up meal in the dining room. Christina Tkacik,, "Inconsistent food and service make for a frustrating dining experience at Inner Harbor’s Blackwall Hitch," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of solicitous

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for solicitous

Latin sollicitus

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“Solicitous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of solicitous

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

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