- a downward slope, as of ground (opposed to acclivity).
Origin of declivity
Examples from the Web for declivity
The declivity of the road was gradually becoming more gentle.The Fortune of the Rougons
Behind them, down the declivity toward the village, the people were gathering.The World Beyond
Raymond King Cummings
The declivity on which these woods are finishes in a mountain, which rises above the whole.A Tour in Ireland
After they had half mounted the declivity, one was sent back.My New Curate
The declivity was not great and the torrent was otherwise placid.A Canyon Voyage
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
- a downward slope, esp of the groundCompare acclivity
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.)).