acclivity


acclivity

noun, plural ac·cliv·i·ties.

  1. an upward slope, as of ground; an ascent (opposed to declivity).

noun plural -ties

  1. an upward slope, esp of the groundCompare declivity
n.

1610s, from Latin acclivitatem (nominative acclivitas) “an ascending direction, an upward steepness,” from acclivis “mounting upwards, ascending,” from ad- “up” (see ad-) + clivus “hill, a slope,” from PIE *klei-wo-, suffixed form of *klei- “to lean” (see lean (v.)).

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