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solicitous adj
1 full of anxiety and concern; "solicitous parents"; "solicitous about the future"
2 showing hovering attentiveness; "solicitous about about her health"; "made solicitous inquiries about our family"

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From sollicitus, solicitus. See solicit.


  1. 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 advice. -Calerendon.
    Enjoy the present, whatsoever it be, and be not solicitous about the future. -Jer. Taylor.
    The colonel had been intent upon other things, and not enough solicitous to finish the fortifications. -Clarendon.


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