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repulsion

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noun re·pul·sion \ri-ˈpəl-shən\

Simple Definition of repulsion

  • : a feeling of strong dislike or disgust

  • physics : a force that pushes something away from something else

  • : the act of pushing someone or something away : the act of repulsing something or someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of repulsion

  1. 1 :  the action of repulsing :  the state of being repulsed

  2. 2 :  the action of repelling :  the force with which bodies, particles, or like forces repel one another

  3. 3 :  a feeling of aversion :  repugnance

Examples of repulsion in a sentence

  1. I read about what happened with a feeling of shock and repulsion.

  2. She felt a repulsion for politics.

  3. a repulsion between the particles

  4. their successful repulsion of the attack



15th Century

First Known Use of repulsion

15th century


Medical Dictionary

repulsion

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noun re·pul·sion \ri-ˈpəl-shən\

Medical Definition of repulsion

  1. :  the tendency of some linked genetic characters to be inherited separately because a dominant allele for each character occurs on the same chromosome as a recessive allele of the other—compare coupling 2




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