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repellent

or repellant

[ri-pel-uh nt] /rɪˈpɛl ənt/
adjective
1.
causing distaste or aversion; repulsive.
2.
forcing or driving back.
3.
serving or tending to ward off or drive away.
4.
impervious or resistant to something (often used in combination):
moth-repellant.
noun
5.
something that repels, as a substance that keeps away insects.
6.
a medicine that serves to prevent or reduce swellings, tumors, etc.
7.
any of various durable or nondurable solutions applied to a fabric, garment, surface, etc., to increase its resistance, as to water, moths, mildew, etc.
Origin of repellent
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin repellent- (stem of repellēns), present participle of repellere to drive back. See repel, -ent
Related forms
repellently, adverb
interrepellent, adjective
nonrepellent, adjective
self-repellent, adjective
unrepellent, adjective
unrepellently, adverb
Can be confused
repellent, repulsive.
Synonyms
1. repugnant, disgusting, distasteful, loathsome.
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  • With every day the wilderness was becoming more naked and stern and repellant.

    Grit A-Plenty Dillon Wallace
  • The repellant forces that kept him back, are "not far to seek."

  • Cornlie was glad to meet at the hotel a Dutch element that was not repellant.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • The words were civil enough, but the tone was brusque and repellant.

    The Yellow House E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He was in such great and desperate earnest that he was not quite so repellant as usual.

    A Plucky Girl L. T. Meade
  • The Bible conception of God is one of the most repellant in religious literature.

    The Story of My Mind M. M. Mangasarian
  • The wards are bare and repellant and the days are long and dreary for the sick men.

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
  • That special function of men in regard to women was repellant to Rosalie.

    This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for repellant

repellent

/rɪˈpɛlənt/
adjective
1.
giving rise to disgust or aversion; distasteful or repulsive
2.
driving or forcing away or back; repelling
noun
3.
something, esp a chemical substance, that repels: insect repellent
4.
a substance with which fabrics are treated to increase their resistance to water
Derived Forms
repellence, repellency, noun
repellently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for repellant

repellent

adj.

also repellant, 1640s, from Latin repellentem (nominative repelens), present participle of repellere (see repel). Originally of medicines (that reduced tumors); meaning "distasteful, disagreeable" first recorded 1797.

repellent

n.

also repellant, 1660s, "medicine that reduces tumors," from repellent (adj.). As "substance that repels insects," 1908.

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repellant in Medicine

repellent re·pel·lent (rĭ-pěl'ənt)
adj.
Capable of driving off or repelling. n.
A substance used to drive off or keep away insects.

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