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de·cliv·i·ty

 (dĭ-klĭv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. de·cliv·i·ties
A downward slope, as of a hill.

[Latin dēclīvitās, from dēclīvis, sloping down : dē-, de- + clīvus, slope; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]

declivity

(dɪˈklɪvɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
a downward slope, esp of the ground. Compare acclivity
[C17: from Latin dēclīvitās, from de- + clīvus a slope, hill]
deˈclivitous adj

de•cliv•i•ty

(dɪˈklɪv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
a downward slope (opposed to acclivity).
[1605–15; < Latin dēclīvitās a slope, hill =dēclīvi(s) sloping downward (dē- de- + -clīvis, adj. derivative of clīvus slope, hill) + -tās -ty2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.declivity - a downward slope or bend
downhill - the downward slope of a hill
incline, slope, side - an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of a mountain"
steep - a steep place (as on a hill)

declivity

noun
A downward slope or distance:
Translations

declivity

[dɪˈklɪvɪtɪ] Ndeclive m

declivity

References in classic literature ?
Nature has made an impenetrable barrier on this side," he continued, pointing down the perpendicular declivity into the dark current before he dropped the blanket; "and as you know that good men and true are on guard in front I see no reason why the advice of our honest host should be disregarded.
Pres- ently, when Sandy slid from the horse, motioned me to stop, and went creeping stealthily, with her head bent nearly to her knees, toward a row of bushes that bordered a declivity, the thumpings grew stronger and quicker.
It is a fine sight to see the evening sunlight suddenly strike the leafy declivity at the Castle's base and dash up it and drench it as with a luminous spray, while the adjacent groves are in deep shadow.
The declivity was so small, that I walked near a mile before I got to the shore, which I conjectured was about eight o'clock in the evening.
This little troop of our countrymen were upon the declivity of a hill near a wood; above them stood the Abyssins, who resolved to remain quiet spectators of the battle, and to declare themselves on that side which should be favoured with victory.
Presently he reached a slight declivity at the foot of which, in a spot sheltered from the enemy's balls, he had stationed the carriage, containing a young woman, the companion of his childhood, the being most dear to him on earth.
The ground was still on the incline, its declivity seemed to be getting greater, and to be leading us to greater depths.
On the declivity of the Atlantic basin the first streams, branches of the North Platte River, already appeared.
He had rolled down a declivity of twelve or fifteen feet.
Yes, a small declivity to the south, yonder on my hill, gives me twenty hogsheads.
A wild young mare, in her restlessness, strayed to the edge of a declivity.
Rough and steep was the path indicated by divine suggestion; mossy and declining the green way along which Temptation strewed flowers; but whereas, methought, the Deity of Love, the Friend of all that exists, would smile well-pleased were I to gird up my loins and address myself to the rude ascent; so, on the other hand, each inclination to the velvet declivity seemed to kindle a gleam of triumph on the brow of the man-hating, God-defying demon.