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

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repugnancy was in the 15th century

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“Repugnancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


re·​pug·​nan·​cy ri-ˈpəg-nən-sē How to pronounce repugnancy (audio)
plural repugnancies
: 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)
: an instance of contradiction or inconsistency
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