- a downward slope, as of ground (opposed to acclivity).
Origin of declivity
Examples from the Web for declivities
It grows upon the declivities of hills and in the savannahs.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
What hand had guided him down the declivities of the Palatine?"Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Nevers is a pleasant town, and very agreeably situated on the declivities of an hill, at the bottom of which flows the Loire.
They observed the direction of the paths, their branches and declivities.In Search of the Castaways
All the camps on the declivities about Andersonville were drained into this stream.Martyria
Augustus C. Hamlin
- a downward slope, esp of the groundCompare acclivity
Word Origin and History for declivities
1610s, from French déclivité, from Latin declivitatem (nominative declivitas) "a slope, declivity," from declivis "a sloping downward," from de- "down" + clivus "a slope," from PIE *klei-wo-, suffixed form of *klei "to lean" (see lean (v.)).