repulsive

adjective re·pul·sive \ ri-ˈpəl-siv \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of repulsive

1 : serving or able to repulse
  • repulsive force
2 : tending to repel or reject : cold, forbidding
3 : arousing aversion or disgust
  • repulsive crimes

repulsively

adverb

repulsiveness

noun

Examples of repulsive in a Sentence

  1. Magnets have a repulsive effect on each other.

  2. a repulsive display of shameless flattery that made the embarrassed actor wrinkle his nose in disgust

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First Known Use of repulsive

1594

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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REPULSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

repulsive

Definition of repulsive for English Language Learners

  • : causing strong dislike or disgust

  • physics : of or relating to the force that pushes something away from something else


REPULSIVE Defined for Kids

repulsive

adjective re·pul·sive \ ri-ˈpəl-siv \

Definition of repulsive for Students

: causing disgust
  • a repulsive sight

repulsively

adverb

repulsiveness

noun


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