or re·pel·lant

[ ri-pel-uhnt ]
/ rɪˈpɛl ənt /


causing distaste or aversion; repulsive.
forcing or driving back.
serving or tending to ward off or drive away.
impervious or resistant to something (often used in combination): moth-repellant.


Origin of repellent

1635–45; < Latin repellent- (stem of repellēns), present participle of repellere to drive back. See repel, -ent

SYNONYMS FOR repellent

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repellent repulsive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for repellant


/ (rɪˈpɛlənt) /


giving rise to disgust or aversion; distasteful or repulsive
driving or forcing away or back; repelling

noun Also: repellant

something, esp a chemical substance, that repelsinsect repellent
a substance with which fabrics are treated to increase their resistance to water

Derived Forms

repellence or repellency, nounrepellently, adverb
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Medicine definitions for repellant


[ rĭ-pĕlənt ]


Capable of driving off or repelling.


A substance used to drive off or keep away insects.
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