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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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Noun1.solicitousness - a feeling of excessive concern
concern - a feeling of sympathy for someone or something; "She felt strong concern for those less fortunate"
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The odd solicitousness for Reyes didn't end there: 'This court,' Pizarro added, 'could only hope that he would take advantage [of] and give full faith and meaning to this second lease on life given him.
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The folklorists, men and women, insist that there should be solicitousness for the design and establishment at both formal and informal educational programs concerning the teaching and study of folk culture appropriately and with particular emphasis on its respect, in the broadest sense, taking into account that not only a village and other manifestations of rural operators of the culture but also those created in urban areas with different social groups, professions, institutions, etc.
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The challenges of smalltown life are offset by the pervasive decency of Bakerton's townspeople and the tenderness they show one another, from a schoolteacher who accepts the thoughtful favor of a student she later helps after a vicious attack, to the townspeople's solicitousness toward the mentally ailing heiress of the Baker dynasty.
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at Nordstrom or an Apple Store in terms of knowledge, solicitousness, or individual empowerment to go the extra mile for the customer.
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Although these sentiments defy logic, precisely because of that reason, they also hint at Jimmy's affective and moral sensibilities which are most clearly evident in Snowman's solicitousness for the Crakers and in his guilt for not trying to counter Crake's plans of destroying the world.