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declivity

[ dih-kliv-i-tee ]
/ dɪˈklɪv ɪ ti /
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noun, plural de·cliv·i·ties.

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

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Origin of declivity

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin dēclīvitās “a slope, hill,” equivalent to dēclīvi(s) “sloping downward” (dē- prefix indicating downward motion + clīv(us) “slope, hill” + -is adjective suffix) + -tās noun suffix; see de-, -ty2
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British Dictionary definitions for declivity

declivity
/ (dɪˈklɪvɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a downward slope, esp of the groundCompare acclivity

Derived forms of declivity

declivitous, adjective

Word Origin for declivity

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