re·​pul·​sion | \ri-ˈpəl-shən \

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

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Examples of repulsion in a Sentence

I read about what happened with a feeling of shock and repulsion. She felt a repulsion for politics. a repulsion between the particles their successful repulsion of the attack
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That overlap brings the proton waves close enough so that another force — the strong nuclear force, which kicks in only at extremely small distances — can overcome the particles’ electrical repulsion. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Future research can examine universes with different strengths of the strong nuclear force, the strongest known force between particles, which binds protons together in atomic nuclei, despite their mutual repulsion, Howe said. Charles Q. Choi,, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018 First, any single dark matter particle has to have just the right self-repulsion to generate neutron stars with the right mass range. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Dark matter not at the core of neutron stars," 9 Aug. 2018 Throughout his work, seduction consorts with repulsion, innocence with threat. Leah Ollman,, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 With flashing eyes that tear up at the drop of a cat and a muscular frame made for monument-worthy poses, this Padraic is a strutting contradiction of attraction and repulsion, daring us to question our conventional notions of the heroic. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 For McQueen, that repulsion manifested in creative endeavours that shocked the fashion world. Meagan Fredette,, "Alexander McQueen Documentary Showcases The Rise Of His Tragic Genius," 3 June 2018 Female lust, comprising all these repulsions, isn’t some blunt, unidirectional force. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young womanhood sopping wet with bodily fluids in Shotgun’s ‘Dry Land’," 31 May 2018 That, in a nutshell, is both the attraction and the repulsion of the impostor. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "Why Are Rich People So Easily Fooled?," 26 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of repulsion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of repulsion

: 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


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 sense 2

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