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acclivity

[uh-kliv-i-tee] /əˈklɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural acclivities.
1.
an upward slope, as of ground; an ascent (opposed to declivity).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin acclīvitās, equivalent to acclīv(is) steep (ac- ac- + -clīvis, adj. derivative of clīvus slope) + -itās -ity
Related forms
acclivitous, acclivous
[uh-klahy-vuh s] /əˈklaɪ vəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unacclivitous, adjective
unacclivitously, adverb
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acclivity

/əˈklɪvɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
an upward slope, esp of the ground Compare declivity
Derived Forms
acclivitous, acclivous (əˈklaɪvəs) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin acclīvitās, from acclīvis sloping up, steep
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acclivity

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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