repellent

or re·pel·lant

[ ri-pel-uhnt ]
/ rɪˈpɛl ənt /

adjective

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.

noun


Nearby words

  1. repeating decimal,
  2. repeating firearm,
  3. repechage,
  4. repel,
  5. repellant,
  6. repent,
  7. repentance,
  8. repentant,
  9. repentigny,
  10. repeople

Origin of repellent

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

Related forms
Can be confusedrepellent repulsive

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British Dictionary definitions for repellent

repellent

/ (rɪˈpɛlənt) /

adjective

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 Formsrepellence or repellency, nounrepellently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for repellent
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Medicine definitions for repellent

repellent

[ rĭ-pĕlənt ]

adj.

Capable of driving off or repelling.

n.

A substance used to drive off or keep away insects.

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