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July 16, 2018

Word of the Day: Declivity

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Word of the Day : July 16, 2018

declivity \dih-KLIV-uh-tee\ noun


1 : downward inclination

2 : a descending slope

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Three different English words descend from clivus, the Latin word for "slope" or "hill"—with the help of three Latin prefixes. Declivity combines clivus with the prefix de-, meaning "down" or "away." Acclivity uses ad- (which changes its second letter depending on the root word), meaning "to" or "toward." Hence, an acclivity is an upward slope. The third word has a figurative meaning in English: proclivity makes use of the prefix pro-, meaning "forward," and this word refers to a personal inclination, predisposition, or "leaning."

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