or re·pel·lant

[ ri-pel-uhnt ]
See synonyms for: repellentrepellents on

  1. causing distaste or aversion; repulsive.

  2. forcing or driving back.

  1. serving or tending to ward off or drive away.

  2. impervious or resistant to something (often used in combination): moth-repellant.

  1. something that repels, as a substance that keeps away insects.

  2. a medicine that serves to prevent or reduce swellings, tumors, etc.

  1. 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

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

Other words for repellent

Other words from repellent

  • re·pel·lent·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·re·pel·lent, adjective
  • non·re·pel·lent, adjective
  • self-re·pel·lent, adjective
  • un·re·pel·lent, adjective
  • un·re·pel·lent·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with repellent

Words Nearby repellent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use repellent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for repellent


/ (rɪˈpɛlənt) /

  1. giving rise to disgust or aversion; distasteful or repulsive

  2. driving or forcing away or back; repelling

nounAlso: repellant
  1. something, esp a chemical substance, that repels: insect repellent

  2. a substance with which fabrics are treated to increase their resistance to water

Derived forms of repellent

  • repellence or repellency, noun
  • repellently, adverb

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