repugnancy

noun
re·​pug·​nan·​cy | \ ri-ˈpəg-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce repugnancy (audio) \
plural repugnancies

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Examples of repugnancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The images that traveled around the world of the diminutive clergyman clutching a Bible and facing off against soldiers with machine guns became among the most potent global symbols of apartheid’s moral repugnancy. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of repugnancy

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Repugnancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repugnancy. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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repugnancy

noun
re·​pug·​nan·​cy | \ ri-ˈpəg-nən-sē How to pronounce repugnancy (audio) \
plural repugnancies

Legal Definition of repugnancy

1 : the quality or fact of being inconsistent, irreconcilable, or in disagreement specifically : a contradiction or inconsistency between sections of a legal instrument (as a contract or statute) if two acts which cover the same subject matter are repugnant…, the latter operates to the extent of the repugnancy as a repeal of the former In re Miller, 107 F. Supp. 1006 (1952)
2 : an instance of contradiction or inconsistency

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