[ dih-kliv-i-tee ]
/ dɪˈklɪv ɪ ti /

noun, plural de·cliv·i·ties.

a downward slope, as of ground (opposed to acclivity).

Nearby words

  1. decline,
  2. decline and fall of the roman empire, the,
  3. declinometer,
  4. declive,
  5. declivitous,
  6. declivous,
  7. declomycin,
  8. declutch,
  9. declutter,
  10. deco

Origin of declivity

1605–15; < L of dēclīvitās a slope, hill, equivalent to dēclīvi(s) sloping downward (dē- de- + clīv(us) slope, hill + -is adj. suffix) + -tās -ty2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for declivity


/ (dɪˈklɪvɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a downward slope, esp of the groundCompare acclivity
Derived Formsdeclivitous, adjective

Word Origin for declivity

C17: from Latin dēclīvitās, from de- + clīvus a slope, hill

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Word Origin and History for declivity



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.)).

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