repellent

[ri-pel-uhnt]
adjective
1.
causing distaste or aversion; repulsive.
2.
forcing or driving back.
3.
serving or tending to ward off or drive away.
4.
impervious or resistant to something (often used in combination): moth-repellant.
noun
5.
something that repels, as a substance that keeps away insects.
6.
a medicine that serves to prevent or reduce swellings, tumors, etc.
7.
any of various durable or nondurable solutions applied to a fabric, garment, surface, etc., to increase its resistance, as to water, moths, mildew, etc.
Also, repellant.


Origin:
1635–45; < Latin repellent- (stem of repellēns), present participle of repellere to drive back. See repel, -ent

repellently, adverb
interrepellent, adjective
nonrepellent, adjective
self-repellent, adjective
unrepellent, adjective
unrepellently, adverb

repellent, repulsive.


1. repugnant, disgusting, distasteful, loathsome.
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repellent (rɪˈpɛlənt)
 
adj
1.  giving rise to disgust or aversion; distasteful or repulsive
2.  driving or forcing away or back; repelling
 
n
3.  something, esp a chemical substance, that repels: insect repellent
4.  a substance with which fabrics are treated to increase their resistance to water
 
re'pellence
 
n
 
re'pellency
 
n
 
re'pellently
 
adv

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repellent re·pel·lent (rĭ-pěl'ənt)
adj.
Capable of driving off or repelling. n.
A substance used to drive off or keep away insects.

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Example sentences
It still is, but a new repellent comes close in effectiveness.
Linalool is toxic to some types of insects, though it isn't known to have any
  repellent qualities.
But these examples indicate a way in which even an opening apology may be
  attractive rather than repellent.
Scientists have discovered that certain caterpillars manufacture and secrete
  their own insect repellent, a new study shows.
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