AskDefine | Define acclivity

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acclivity n : an upward slope or grade (as in a road); "the car couldn't make it up the rise" [syn: ascent, rise, raise, climb, upgrade] [ant: descent]

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Latin acclivitas, from acclivis, acclivus, ascending; ad + clivus a hill, slope, from root kli to lean. See Lean.


  • /əˈklɪvɪtɪ/


  1. A slope or inclination of the earth, as the side of a hill, considered as ascending, in opposition to declivity, or descending; an upward slope; ascent.
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