[ uh-kliv-i-tee ]
/ əˈklɪv ɪ ti /

noun, plural ac·cliv·i·ties.

an upward slope, as of ground; an ascent (opposed to declivity).


Nearby words

  1. acclamation,
  2. acclamatory,
  3. acclimate,
  4. acclimation,
  5. acclimatize,
  6. acclivous,
  7. accolade,
  8. accolated,
  9. accommodate,
  10. accommodating

Origin of acclivity

1605–15; < Latin acclīvitās, equivalent to acclīv(is) steep (ac- ac- + -clīvis, adj. derivative of clīvus slope) + -itās -ity

Related formsac·cliv·i·tous, ac·cli·vous [uh-klahy-vuh s] /əˈklaɪ vəs/, adjectiveun·ac·cliv·i·tous, adjectiveun·ac·cliv·i·tous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for acclivity


/ (əˈklɪvɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

an upward slope, esp of the groundCompare declivity
Derived Formsacclivitous or acclivous (əˈklaɪvəs), adjective

Word Origin for acclivity

C17: from Latin acclīvitās, from acclīvis sloping up, steep

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Word Origin and History for acclivity



1610s, from Latin acclivitatem (nominative acclivitas) "an ascending direction, an upward steepness," from acclivis "mounting upwards, ascending," from ad- "up" (see ad-) + clivus "hill, a slope," from PIE *klei-wo-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)).

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