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repellent

adjective re·pel·lent \ri-ˈpe-lənt\

Simple Definition of repellent

  • : keeping something out or away

  • : causing someone to feel disgust

Full Definition of repellent

  1. 1 :  serving or tending to drive away or ward off —often used in combination <a mosquito-repellent spray>

  2. 2 :  arousing aversion or disgust :  repulsive

re·pel·lent·ly adverb

Examples of repellent

  1. The candle has a repellent effect on insects.

  2. <your snobbish behavior towards my friends is so repellent I can't stand to be around you anymore>



Variants of repellent

also re·pel·lant play \ri-ˈpe-lənt\

Origin of repellent

Latin repellent-, repellens, present participle of repellere


First Known Use: 1643

Rhymes with repellent


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repellent

noun re·pel·lent

Simple Definition of repellent

  • : a substance that is used to keep something out or away

Full Definition of repellent

  1. :  something that repels; especially :  a substance that repels insects

Examples of repellent

  1. a can of insect repellent

  2. Coat the exterior with a water repellent.



1661

First Known Use of repellent

1661

Variants of repellent

also repellant

REPELLENT Defined for Kids

repellent

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noun re·pel·lent \ri-ˈpe-lənt\

Definition of repellent

  1. :  a substance used to keep off pests (as insects)





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