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repellent

adjective re·pel·lent \ ri-ˈpe-lənt \
variants: or less commonly repellant

Definition of repellent

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

repellently

adverb

Examples of repellent in a Sentence

  1. The candle has a repellent effect on insects.

  2. your snobbish behavior towards my friends is so repellent I can't stand to be around you anymore

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Origin and Etymology of repellent

Latin repellent-, repellens, present participle of repellere


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repellent

noun
variants: or less commonly repellant

Definition of repellent

:something that repels; especially :a substance that repels insects

Examples of repellent in a Sentence

  1. a can of insect repellent

  2. Coat the exterior with a water repellent.

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First Known Use of repellent

1583


REPELLENT Defined for English Language Learners

repellent

adjective

Definition of repellent for English Language Learners

  • : keeping something out or away

  • : causing someone to feel disgust


repellent

noun

Definition of repellent for English Language Learners

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


REPELLENT Defined for Kids

repellent

noun re·pel·lent \ ri-ˈpe-lənt \

Definition of repellent for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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repellent

adjective re·pel·lent
variants: also repellant play \ri-ˈpel-ənt\

medical Definition of repellent

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

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repellent

noun
variants: also repellant

medical Definition of repellent

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

Law Dictionary

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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