repulsion

noun re·pul·sion \ ri-ˈpəl-shən \
|Updated on: 31 Jul 2018

Definition of repulsion

1 : the action of repulsing : the state of being repulsed
2 : the action of repelling : the force with which bodies, particles, or like forces repel one another
3 : a feeling of aversion : repugnance

Examples of repulsion in a Sentence

  1. I read about what happened with a feeling of shock and repulsion.

  2. She felt a repulsion for politics.

  3. a repulsion between the particles

  4. their successful repulsion of the attack

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First Known Use of repulsion

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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REPULSION Defined for English Language Learners

repulsion

Definition of repulsion for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of strong dislike or disgust

  • physics : a force that pushes something away from something else

  • : the act of pushing someone or something away : the act of repulsing something or someone


Medical Dictionary

repulsion

noun re·pul·sion \ ri-ˈpəl-shən \

medical Definition of repulsion

: the tendency of some linked genetic characters to be inherited separately because a dominant allele for each character occurs on the same chromosome as a recessive allele of the other — compare coupling 2


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