[ ri-puhl-shuh n ]
/ rɪˈpʌl ʃən /


the act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed.
the feeling of being repelled, as by the thought or presence of something; distaste, repugnance, or aversion.
Physics. the force that acts between bodies of like electric charge or magnetic polarity, tending to separate them.

Origin of repulsion

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin repulsiōn- (stem of Late Latin repulsiō), equivalent to Latin repuls(us) (see repulse) + -iōn- -ion


in·ter·re·pul·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for repulsion

/ (rɪˈpʌlʃən) /


a feeling of disgust or aversion
physics a force tending to separate two objects, such as the force between two like electric charges or magnetic poles
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Medical definitions for repulsion

[ rĭ-pŭlshən ]


The act of repelling or driving apart.
A feeling of extreme dislike.
The tendency of particles or bodies of the same electric charge or magnetic polarity to separate.
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