Origin and Etymology of centripetal
New Latin centripetus, from centr- + Latin petere to go to, seek — more at feather
First Known Use: 1709
CENTRIPETAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of centripetal for English Language Learners
: moving toward a center : acting in a direction toward a center
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