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propellent

[pruh-pel-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. serving or tending to propel or drive forward.
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noun
  1. a propellant.
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Origin of propellent

1635–45; < Latin prōpellent- (stem of prōpellēns), present participle of prōpellere to drive forward. See propel, -ent
Related formsnon·pro·pel·lent, adjective, nounun·pro·pel·lent, adjective
Can be confusedpropellant propellent
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  • Another achievement was the creation of the explosive and propellent industry.

    The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)

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British Dictionary definitions for propellent

propellent

adjective
  1. able or tending to propel
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Word Origin and History for propellent

adj.

1640s, from propel + -ent. As a noun from 1814.

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