ac·​cliv·​i·​ty ə-ˈkli-və-tē How to pronounce acclivity (audio)
plural acclivities
: an ascending slope (as of a hill)

Examples of acclivity in a Sentence

the steep acclivity was especially daunting for the novice hikers

Word History


borrowed from Latin acclīvitāt-, acclīvitās, from acclīvis, acclīvus "sloping upwards" (from ad- ad- + clīvus "slope, incline") + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at declivity

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acclivity was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Acclivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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