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fifth force

noun
1.
a theoretical force in nature in addition to the strong and weak forces, gravitation, and the electromagnetic force.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80
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fifth force

noun
1.
a hypothetical non-Newtonian repulsive component of the force of gravity, postulated as an addition to the four known fundamental forces (gravitational, electromagnetic, strong, and weak)
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fifth force
  (fĭfth)   
Any of various hypothetical, very weak forces thought to cause bodies to repel each other. Such forces are occasionally considered as a solution to unexpected deviations in the measured value of the gravitational constant or to explain the apparent acceleration of very distant galaxies away from earth.
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