or ex·pel·lent

[ik-spel-uh nt]


expelling, or having the power to expel.

Origin of expellant

1815–25; variant of expellent (see -ant) < Latin expellent- (stem of expellēns), present participle of expellere to expel; see -ent
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Historical Examples of expellant

  • The construction of the gun being perfect, the question is, can the expellant force be brought to an equal state of perfection?

    Gunnery in 1858

    William Greener

British Dictionary definitions for expellant




forcing out or having the capacity to force out


a medicine used to expel undesirable substances or organisms from the body, esp worms from the digestive tract
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