ac·​cliv·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈkli-və-tē How to pronounce acclivity (audio) , a- \
plural acclivities

Definition of acclivity

: an ascending slope (as of a hill)

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Examples of acclivity in a Sentence

the steep acclivity was especially daunting for the novice hikers

First Known Use of acclivity

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acclivity

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

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The first known use of acclivity was in 1614

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“Acclivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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