re·​pug·​nant | \ ri-ˈpəg-nənt How to pronounce repugnant (audio) \

Definition of repugnant

2 archaic : hostile
3 : exciting distaste or aversion repugnant language a morally repugnant practice

Other Words from repugnant

repugnantly adverb

Examples of repugnant in a Sentence

technically speaking, it may not be a violation, but it is certainly repugnant to the spirit of the law
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First Known Use of repugnant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repugnant

Middle English, opposed, contradictory, incompatible, from Anglo-French, from Latin repugnant-, repugnans, present participle of repugnare to fight against, from re- + pugnare to fight — more at pungent

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re·​pug·​nant | \ ri-ˈpəg-nənt \

Kids Definition of repugnant

: causing a strong feeling of dislike or distrust


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Legal Definition of repugnant

: characterized by contradiction and irreconcilability the arbitrator's decision was not repugnant to the Act— M. A. Kelly

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