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Related to solicitously: sullenly


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.
2. Archaic Full of desire; eager: "an opinion which he had seemed solicitous to give" (Jane Austen).

[Latin sollicitus : sollus, entire; see sol- in Indo-European roots + citus, past participle of ciēre, to set in motion; see keiə- in Indo-European roots.]

so·lic′i·tous·ly adv.
so·lic′i·tous·ness n.
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Adv.1.solicitously - in a concerned and solicitous manner; "`Don't you feel well?' his mother asked solicitously"
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adv (form)besorgt; (= eagerly)eifrig
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But you look tired," he added, solicitously. "Would you like a cup of bouillon?
The difficulty was great of driving his strange insensibility towards Harriet, from her mind, while he not only sat at her elbow, but was continually obtruding his happy countenance on her notice, and solicitously addressing her upon every occasion.
She felt him solicitously, lower down than his chest.
As he looked back at her, rough-coated and grief-stricken, he could see Terrence hovering solicitously near her.
"I hope your neck doesn't stiffen up," the editor wished solicitously: "What do you say we all go out and have a drink on it - not the neck, of course, but the little rough-house?"
And next, after the blackness, I open my eyes in the early dawn to see a Japanese woman, solicitously anxious, bending over me.
Did you see them leading him so solicitously from the platform?
but he is wounded, perhaps?" Madame Selarne inquired solicitously.
There was none now to watch over him, solicitously, nor did he need such.
We solicitously and apologetically caress and celebrate him because he held on his way and scorned our disapprobation.
As Solomon uttered the last words, he bowed in all directions solicitously, lest he should be wanting in due respect.
Oh, dear me, are you cold," cried Irais solicitously.