adjective Etymology: Latin sollicitus Date: 1563 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 ; eagersolicitously adverbsolicitousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Solicitous — So*lic it*ous, a.[L. sollicitus, solicitus. See {Solicit}, v. t.] Disposed to solicit; eager to obtain something desirable, or to avoid anything evil; concerned; anxious; careful. Solicitous of my reputation. Dryden. He was solicitous for his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • solicitous — [sə lis′ə təs] adj. [L sollicitus < sollus, whole (see SOLEMN) + citus, pp. of ciere, to set in motion: see CITE] 1. showing care, attention, or concern [solicitous for her welfare] 2. showing anxious desire; eager [solicitous to make friends] …   English World dictionary

  • solicitous — I adjective ambitious, anxious, anxius, apprehensive, aspiring, bent on, beseeching, caring, concerned, craving, desirous, eager, hopeful, inclined, intent on, keen, optative, petitionary, sollicitus, supplicatory, wanting, willing, yearning II… …   Law dictionary

  • solicitous — 1560s, from L. sollicitus restless, uneasy, careful (see SOLICIT (Cf. solicit)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • solicitous — careful, concerned, anxious, worried (see under CARE n) Analogous words: apprehensive, *fearful, afraid: agitated, disturbed, disquieted, upset (see DISCOMPOSE): uneasy, fidgety, jittery (see IMPATIENT) Antonyms: unmindful: negligent …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • solicitous — [adj] worried anxious, appetent, apprehensive, ardent, athirst, attentive, avid, beside oneself, careful, caring, concerned, devoted, eager, earnest, heedful, impatient, keen, loving, mindful, raring, regardful, tender, thirsty, troubled, uneasy …   New thesaurus

  • solicitous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing interest or concern about a person s well being. DERIVATIVES solicitously adverb solicitousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • solicitous — /səˈlɪsətəs / (say suh lisuhtuhs) adjective 1. anxious or concerned: solicitous about a person s health; solicitous for our comfort; solicitous that she should be happy. 2. anxiously desirous: solicitous of the esteem of others. 3. eager:… …   Australian English dictionary

  • solicitous — solicitously, adv. solicitousness, n. /seuh lis i teuhs/, adj. 1. anxious or concerned (usually fol. by about, for, etc., or a clause): solicitous about a person s health. 2. anxiously desirous: solicitous of the esteem of others. 3. eager… …   Universalium

  • solicitous — so•lic•i•tous [[t]səˈlɪs ɪ təs[/t]] adj. 1) anxious or concerned: solicitous about a person s health[/ex] 2) anxiously desirous: solicitous of the esteem of others[/ex] 3) eager: always solicitous to please[/ex] 4) scrupulous; particular: a… …   From formal English to slang

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