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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, early 17th century


A downward slope.

Examples of Declivity in a sentence

"The landscape architect designed the garden to complement the natural declivity."

"There was no longer a creek, but the bridge still spanned over a large declivity."

About Declivity

Does your friend Clive know his name means "slope"? Thanks to this Latin root, "declivity" refers to a downward slope. But if you're walking the opposite direction, "acclivity" describes an upward slope. Coming or going, it's a matter of perspective.

Did you Know?

Have you ever described someone as having a proclivity for hard work? "Proclivity" and "declivity" share the same Latin root, "clivus," meaning "slope." And technically the prefixes "pro-" and "de-" both mean "down," but the usages of each word are different. "Proclivity" means "to have a tendency toward," and "declivity" means "a physical downward slope."

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