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 combinationa 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 Keep repellent off their hands and away from their eyes and mouth. Jordan Nutting, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heading outside this summer? Here's what you need to know about bug repellents," 27 June 2020 That's why Bahar Schmidt, the founder of Eluxit travel agency, recommends going the extra mile to protect our skin with sunscreen and bug repellent alike. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to go on the safest road trip possible," 26 June 2020 Pros: Light, nice padding, easy to carry, water repellent. Dallas News, "Choosing the right bag for your laptop," 25 June 2020 Pour the mosquito repellent mixture into the container. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make Your Own Mosquito Wipes for a Bite-Free Summer," 25 June 2020 Participants will meet in front of the visitor center on the east side, and are encouraged to bring binoculars, a bird identification guide, water and insect repellent. Brandon Moeller, Houston Chronicle, "June 25-July4: Live music, firework shows planned in northwest Houston area," 24 June 2020 Leu says the coating, which remains repellent even after ultrasonic washing and scraping with a razor blade, could make PPE safer for wearers to take off. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "Electrified Fabric Could Zap the Coronavirus on Masks and Clothing," 24 June 2020 The nylon exterior wears a water repellent coating to keep its contents dry. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Six fanny packs to carry your humongous phone," 24 June 2019 Here are some other suggestions from the experts: Spray commercially approved rodent repellent around the lower perimeter of the vehicle and wheel wells. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Unusual rodent engine problem has suddenly become 'super common'," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This oil comes from the lemon eucalyptus plant and contains a chemical insect repellent called PMD. Jordan Nutting, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heading outside this summer? Here's what you need to know about bug repellents," 27 June 2020 To protect everyone from bug bites from bloodthirsty critters, buy this spray with DEET-free repellent that smells rather pleasantly of lemon. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to go on the safest road trip possible," 26 June 2020 And the scented geranium that’s labeled as a mosquito repellent is, in my opinion, absolutely useless for that purpose. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: Liriope can suddenly succumb to rot," 25 June 2020 Psilocybin certainly doesn’t act as a human repellent—to stand a chance of overdosing, a human would have to eat around 1,000 times more mushrooms than required for an average trip. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, "A Poetic, Mind-Bending Tour of the Fungal World," 24 June 2020 The buds can be tempting to deer, but spray-on repellent can help keep them at bay. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "What Are Orienpet Lilies and Why You Need Them in You Garden," 23 June 2020 Bug repellent, bear spray, and rain gear are sensible items to bring along. Aaron Brandel, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Hike in Glacier National Park," 10 Apr. 2020 Picaridin repellents are available in several forms, with lotions being the most popular. The Editors, Field & Stream, "4 Ways to Repel Biting Bugs," 8 Apr. 2020 Contrarily repellent is Dolan’s utter intolerance of any departure from his less-than-enlightened company line. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "These Knicks Do Not Belong in Today’s N.B.A.," 1 July 2019

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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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Repellent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repellent. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for repellent

repellent

adjective
How to pronounce repellent (audio)

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 repellant (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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