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declivitous

[ dih-kliv-i-tuhs ]
/ dɪˈklɪv ɪ təs /
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adjective
having a somewhat steep downward slope.
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Origin of declivitous

First recorded in 1790–1800; declivit(y) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM declivitous

de·cliv·i·tous·ly, adverbnon·de·cliv·i·tous, adjective
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How to use declivitous in a sentence

  • Then, wheeling, they bore him company up the declivitous road.

    The Red Tavern|Charles Raymond Macauley
  • Brother to the Comanche, the Shoshone rode his horse over rocks and ravines, up declivitous ways and almost impossible passes.

    The Conquest|Eva Emery Dye
  • The road proved quite as rough and declivitous as its reputation.

    Alias The Lone Wolf|Louis Joseph Vance
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