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Solícitous. adj. [solicitus, Latin.] Anxious; careful; concerned. It has commonly about before that which causes anxiety; sometimes for or of. For is proper before something to be obtained.

Our hearts are pure, when we are not solicitous of the opinion and censures of men, but only that we do our duty. Tayl.

Enjoy the present, whatsoever it be, and be not solicitous for the future. Taylor's Rule of living holy.

The colonel had been intent upon other things, and not enough solicitous to finish the fortifications. Clarendon.

In providing money for disbanding the armies, upon which they are marvelously solicitous, there arose a question. Clarend.

They who were in truth zealous for the preservation of the laws, were solicitous to preserve the king's honour from any indignity, and his regal power from violation. Clarendon.

Laud attended on his majesty, which he would have been excused from, if that design had not been in view, to accomplish which he was solicitous for his advice. Clarendon.

There kept their watch the legions, while the grand
In council sat, solicitous what chance
Might intercept their emperour sent.
Milton's Par. Lost.

Without sign of boast, or sign of joy,
Solicitous and blank, he thus began.
Milton's Parad. Reg.

No man is solicitous about the event of that which he has in his power to dispose of. South's Sermons.

You have not only been careful of my fortune, the effect of your nobleness, but you have been solicitous of my reputation, which is that of your kindness. Dryden.

The tender dame, solicitous to know
Whether her child should reach old age or no,
Consults the sage Tiresias.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Clarendon, Edward (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · South, Robert (158) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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