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[ri-puhl-shuh n] /rɪˈpʌl ʃən/
the act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed.
the feeling of being repelled, as by the thought or presence of something; distaste, repugnance, or aversion.
Physics. the force that acts between bodies of like electric charge or magnetic polarity, tending to separate them.
Origin of repulsion
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin repulsiōn- (stem of Late Latin repulsiō), equivalent to Latin repuls(us) (see repulse) + -iōn- -ion
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interrepulsion, noun Unabridged
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  • By making two small sewing-needle magnets, you can easily study the laws of attraction and repulsion.

    Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
  • The gravity-plates for repulsion were those in the helmet; for attraction, those in the boot-soles.

    The Bluff of the Hawk Anthony Gilmore
  • This sympathy or repulsion in turn converts mere interest into emotional response of the keenest kind.

    Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker
  • A sort of repulsion and attraction separated and kept them together at the same time.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Association with the Egyptians acted as a force at once of attraction and of repulsion.

    Jewish History S. M. Dubnow
  • "No, thank you," she replied, and she was surprised at herself that she experienced no repulsion.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • He shivered with repulsion, snatched at it to throw it off, and found that it was his rope.

    The Texan Star Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for repulsion


a feeling of disgust or aversion
(physics) a force tending to separate two objects, such as the force between two like electric charges or magnetic poles
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Word Origin and History for repulsion

early 15c., "repudiation," from Late Latin repulsionem (nominative repulsio) "a repelling," noun of action from past participle stem of repellere (see repel). Meaning "action of forcing or driving back" is attested from 1540s. Sense of "strong dislike" is from 1751.

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repulsion in Medicine

repulsion re·pul·sion (rĭ-pŭl'shən)

  1. The act of repelling or driving apart.

  2. A feeling of extreme dislike.

  3. The tendency of particles or bodies of the same electric charge or magnetic polarity to separate.

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