An example of someone who would be described as solicitous is a hovering and nervous parent.
- showing care, attention, or concern: solicitous for her welfare
- showing anxious desire; eager: solicitous to make friends
- full of anxiety or apprehension; troubled
Origin of solicitousClassical Latin sollicitus from sollus, whole (see solemn) + citus, past participle of ciere, to set in motion: see cite
- a. Showing great attention or concern to another: a solicitous parent; solicitous for your welfare; solicitous of his young sister.b. Expressing care or concern for another: made solicitous inquiries about our family. See Synonyms at thoughtful.c. Showing great care; careful or meticulous: solicitous in the care of critically ill patients.d. Worried; anxious: solicitous about his son's behavior.
- Archaic Full of desire; eager: “an opinion which he had seemed solicitous to give” ( Jane Austen )
Origin of solicitousLatin sollicitus sollus entire ; see sol- in Indo-European roots. citus past participle of ciēre to set in motion ; see keiə- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more solicitous, superlative most solicitous)
- Disposed to solicit; eager to obtain something desirable, or to avoid anything evil; concerned; anxious; careful.
- Solicitous of my reputation. -John Dryden.
- He was solicitous for his advice. -Edward Hyde Clarendon.
- Enjoy the present, whatsoever it be, and be not solicitous about the future. - Jeremy Taylor.
- The colonel had been intent upon other things, and not enough solicitous to finish the fortifications. -Edward Hyde Clarendon.
- Anxious or concerned (usually followed by about, for, etc., or a clause): solicitous about a person's health.