repellent

adjective
re·​pel·​lent | \ ri-ˈpe-lənt How to pronounce repellent (audio) \
variants: or less commonly repellant

Definition of repellent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : serving or tending to drive away or ward off often used in combination a mosquito-repellent spray
2 : arousing aversion or disgust : repulsive

repellent

noun
variants: or less commonly repellant

Definition of repellent (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that repels especially : a substance that repels insects

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Other Words from repellent

Adjective

repellently adverb

Examples of repellent in a Sentence

Adjective The candle has a repellent effect on insects. your snobbish behavior towards my friends is so repellent I can't stand to be around you anymore Noun a can of insect repellent Coat the exterior with a water repellent.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In everyday life, having a water-repellent coat or a nonstick pan can improve the quality of life. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2021 It's made of industrial-strength fiberglass and water-repellent fabric woven with Teflon to resist water. Robin Raven, Forbes, 9 June 2021 Spray the insides of trash/garbage containers with insect repellent. Cindy Kent, sun-sentinel.com, 26 May 2021 When the ant colony is located near the house or in the yard, there’s a higher chance of ants coming inside, even with insect repellent in place. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, 3 Apr. 2021 And at least three people who participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot are accused of spraying police officers with bear repellent. NBC News, 20 Mar. 2021 So these panels will be multi-junction—meaning multiple materials to catch many different wavelengths—with a special experimental dust-repellent coating. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 14 May 2021 Still, severe burning left nearly 38,000 acres with water-repellent soils, setting the stage for potential landslides and debris flows in steep parts of Rock Creek and Lake Fork drainages, according to the analysis. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2021 This zippered jacket shields cyclists from wind and light rain courtesy of its polyester/elastane composition and durable water-repellent coating. Melissa Nott, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Use an insect repellent approved by the Environmental Protection Agency such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. Lauren Krouse, Health.com, 8 June 2021 Sunscreen isn’t a must, this late in the day, but insect repellent might come in handy. al, 27 May 2021 There are also non-prescription powders that can be applied to a pet’s fur as a natural repellent. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2021 Tanios, who is charged with Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, faces decades in prison if convicted on 10 criminal counts, including conspiring with Khater to attack officers with chemical repellent during the deadly siege. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2021 Prosecutors said Tanios allegedly purchased the chemical repellent at a store in West Virginia the day before the assault. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2021 One way is through applied topical insect repellent, the most (and arguably only) effective of which contain DEET. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 In the 1970s, the military rolled out permethrin, a more powerful synthetic repellent that kills mosquitoes on contact. Philip Kiefer, Popular Science, 16 Mar. 2021 During World War II, it was widely used as a repellent for lice, fleas, and mosquitos. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of repellent

Adjective

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1583, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for repellent

Adjective

borrowed from Latin repellent-, repellens, present participle of repellere "to push away, drive back, fend off" — more at repel

Noun

derivative of repellent entry 1

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The first known use of repellent was in 1575

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18 Jun 2021

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“Repellent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repellent. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for repellent

repellent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of repellent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: keeping something out or away
formal : causing someone to feel disgust

repellent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of repellent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

repellent

noun
re·​pel·​lent | \ ri-ˈpe-lənt How to pronounce repellent (audio) \

Kids Definition of repellent

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

repellent

adjective
re·​pel·​lent
variants: also repellant \ ri-​ˈpel-​ənt How to pronounce repellent (audio) \

Medical Definition of repellent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: serving or tending to drive away or ward off often used in combination a mosquito-repellent spray

repellent

noun
variants: also repellant

Medical Definition of repellent (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that repels especially : a substance used to prevent insect attacks

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repellent

noun
re·​pel·​lent | \ ri-ˈpe-lənt \

Legal Definition of repellent

: a method used to avoid or discourage a hostile corporate takeover

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