re·​pel·​len·​cy | \ ri-ˈpe-lən(t)-sē How to pronounce repellency (audio) \

Definition of repellency

: the quality or capacity of repelling

Examples of repellency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, another study showed that five times more concentrated extracts from clove oil was required to show moderate repellency activity against mosquitoes. Melissa Badamo, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Limes spiked with cloves are not effective in repelling mosquitoes," 24 June 2020 Performance finishes, like water repellency and antimicrobials, are not visible but could be helpful. Karen L. Labat, The Conversation, "Making masks at home – what you need to know about how to reduce the transmission of coronavirus," 16 Apr. 2020 Polyvinyl covers are often used for maximum water repellency and resistance to mildew and stains. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Boat for the Cold Months Ahead," 21 Nov. 2019 In addition to modern wool and cotton blends fleece for warmth, Gore-tex for water repellency, and even Kevlar for bullet-resistant helmets and vests all provide modern soldiers with the gear to operate in the toughest conditions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How British Soldiers in the Great War Dressed," 31 Dec. 2018 Swatches of each product's material were tested for water repellency. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Best Anti-Allergy Bedding," 10 Aug. 2010 If your cushions are older and have lost their repellent finish (water no longer beads up on the surface), consider applying a spray-on fabric protector to restore repellency. Nancy A. Herrick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Properly cared for, outdoor cushions will last," 23 July 2017

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First Known Use of repellency

1733, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for repellency

repell(ent) entry 1 + -ency

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28 Jun 2020

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“Repellency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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