• WordNet 3.6
    • adj solicitous showing hovering attentiveness "solicitous about her health","made solicitous inquiries about our family"
    • adj solicitous full of anxiety and concern "solicitous parents","solicitous about the future"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Solicitous Disposed to solicit; eager to obtain something desirable, or to avoid anything evil; concerned; anxious; careful. "Solicitous of my reputation.""He was solicitous for his advice.""Enjoy the present, whatsoever it be, and be not solicitous about the future.""The colonel had been intent upon other things, and not enough solicitous to finish the fortifications."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • solicitous Anxious; concerned; apprehensive; eager, whether to obtain something desirable or to avoid something evil; very desirous; greatly concerned; disturbed; uneasy: as, a solicitous temper or temperament: generally followed by an infinitive, or by about, concerning, or for (less frequently of) before the object of anxiety or concern.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Solicitous soliciting or earnestly asking or desiring: very desirous: anxious: careful
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  • Daniel Webster
    “Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sollicitus, solicitus,. See Solicit (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. solliciter—L. sollicitāresollicitussollus, whole, citus, aroused—ciēre, to cite.


In literature:

Excuse me, sir, but I beg to assure you, that I am not at all solicitous of the honor of your company.
"Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
As he had important favors to solicit, he assumed a very conciliatory tone.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
At the earnest solicitation of his wife, Captain Godfrey consented to run the sloop toward the shore and anchor.
"Young Lion of the Woods" by Thomas Barlow Smith
How long is it, Guy, since you have become so particularly solicitous of beauty, so proud of your face and features?
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
This the Pope has not yet, it is believed, solicited, but there is little reason to hope he will be spared that crowning disgrace.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
I should not have made any use of it without asking your permission, and I now solicit it.
"The Waif of the "Cynthia"" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
On the afternoon of the second day Mr. Bodge, whom no solicitation could coax from his vigil on the capstan, broke his trance.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
Presents were no longer rejected, but rather greedily solicited.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
I counted much on the solicitations of Brissot's mother, already so cruelly tried during the revolution.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
The people of Paris forced their prison, liberated them, and sent a deputation to the Assembly to solicit a pardon.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson

In poetry:

Firmly resolv'd, his pen he takes;
Solicits aid sublime:
Then crams himself into a jakes,
To try his hand at rhyme.
"The Lover" by William Hutton
Solicitous for others' ends,
Though fond of dear repose;
Careless or drowsy with my friends,
And frolic with my foes.
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
And yet, with all these facts at hand,
How friends, solicitous are we,
Weaving with care the silken band
As though 'twas for eternity.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell
Fain would I shake thee off, but weak am I
Thy strong solicitations to withstand.
Plenty of work lies ready to my hand,
Which rests irresolute, and lets it lie.
"Indolence" by Robert Fuller Murray
If her request his ears should greet,
He finds denial vastly sweet:
For self-importance would be wanted,
Were her solicitations granted.
For power and beauty, and your shoes,
Are not to lie by, but to use.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton
"The Court Retainers, Sir, abound;
Places for not one-third are found.
The vermin hatch, and become pests,
Sooner than we can find them nests.
Then let solicitations end--
No nest is vacant for your friend."
"Preferment" by William Hutton

In news:

How could our governor be so stupid as to think he could get away with soliciting prostitutes.
Suspect accused of soliciting nude images from children via Internet.
COLUMBIA — A 34-year-old Jefferson City man was arrested Friday morning in connection with an attempt to solicit a 14-year-old boy online.
Kandel faces sex soliciting rap.
Right now, the Captiva Community Panel is soliciting input from the island community on proposed changes to the parts of Lee County's Land Development Code (LDC) that regulate building and land use activity on Captiva.
Right now, the Captiva Community Panel is soliciting input from the island community on proposed changes to the parts of Lee County's Land Development Code (LDC) that regulate building.
The city of St Paul planned to solicit bids for construction of a $52 million to $54 million Lowertown ballpark on Friday, Nov 16, opening the process to any qualified firm.
The guys solicited donations as they grew beards for the entire month, and Casey was named MVB, or "Most Valuable Beard ," in the competition because he led the fundraising for much of the month.
Each week, the Camera's editorial board will post the topic of an upcoming editorial and solicit thoughts and opinions from you, the reader.
Man, gets prison in solicitation of murder case.
Marrero man booked with 2nd case of soliciting young girls online.
A Marrero man accused of recording a sexual video chat with a 14-year-old North Carolina girl has been arrested again, this time for allegedly soliciting a 13-year-old girl over the Internet.
Awhile back I solicited flounder questions and thought it would be fun to do a Q&A.
Utility company Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske a.d. Trebinje most recently solicited bids for the work in June.
Accused sexual predator charged with solicitation to commit murder.

In science:

User models can be constructed by explicitly soliciting feedback (e.g., asking the user to rate products or services) or gleaning implicit declarations of interest (e.g., through monitoring usage) [110].
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
In explicit user modeling, evaluations and pro files [25 ] are provided directly by users to declare preferences in response to solicitations for data such as surveys.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Clinicians are being closely involved with these tests and it is intended that a subset of the clinician queries will be executed to solicit user feedback.
MammoGrid: A Service Oriented Architecture based Medical Grid Application
Results of fig. 7 can be compared with the classical bell curb of CSMA/CA (IEEE 802.15.4 CSMA/CA MAC-layer simulation in Gang, L. et al, 2004) where global network performances usually collapse if network solicitation is important.
Prototyping and Performance Analysis of a QoS MAC Layer for Industrial Wireless Network
An arriving node is allocated neighbors among the active participating nodes10 , which accept the solicited connection unless they have already reached their maximum number of neighbors.
Subspace Properties of Network Coding and their Applications