Definition of solicitous in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈlɪsɪtəs/


1Characterized by or showing interest or concern: she was always solicitous about the welfare of her students a solicitous enquiry
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  • Among the most important of these is the central role of the extended family, which is extremely solicitous of the welfare and reputation of its members.
  • The nurses and staff who previously had been so solicitous of his welfare were overjoyed at his new appearance.
  • He is attentive, even solicitous, and Theresa accepts a dinner date.
concerned, caring, attentive, mindful, interested, considerate, thoughtful;
anxious, worried
archaic tender
1.1 archaic Eager or anxious to do something: he was solicitous to cultivate her mamma’s good opinion
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  • Having thus acknowledged his dependence on the Norwegian crown, he was solicitous to promote the security and happiness of his kingdom, by forming alliances with the neighbouring princes.
  • I was solicitous to dive into his thoughts upon this head and put some questions which tended to the point that I wished.



Pronunciation: /səˈlɪsɪtəsli/
Example sentences
  • Susan said solicitously: ‘Amma, you appear to be tired.’
  • The man orders two coffees, turns to the woman and inquires solicitously: ‘Would you like anything else, darling?’
  • The mother, never idle, lays her workbox aside and throws her sewing work over the arm of her chair to listen solicitously as her daughter recites a passage from the Bible.


Pronunciation: /səˈlɪsɪtəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • She also said that her family's solicitousness in taking care of her is making her feel somewhat helpless.
  • We have always encountered very great solicitousness and generosity from all quarters, and we sincerely hope to meet with understanding for this difficult decision we have made.
  • Burles's Gérald is gentle, virile, and gloriously sung, and as Lakmé's father, young Roger Soyer shows both authority and genuine solicitousness for her daughter's welfare.


Mid 16th century: from Latin sollicitus (see solicit) + -ous.

Words that rhyme with solicitous

complicitous, duplicitous, felicitous

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Line breaks: so¦lici|tous

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