Definitions for repellentrɪˈpɛl ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•pel•lentrɪˈpɛl ənt(adj.)

or re•pel•lant

  1. causing distaste or aversion; repulsive.

  2. serving or tending to ward off or drive away.

  3. impervious or resistant to something (often used in combination):


  4. (n.)something that repels, as a substance that keeps away insects.

    Category: Pesticides

  5. any solution applied to a fabric to increase its resistance to water, moths, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of repellent:

1635–45; < L repellent-, s. of repellēns, prp. of repellere. See repel , -ent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. repellent, repellant(noun)

    a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water

  2. repellent, repellant(noun)

    a chemical substance that repels animals

  3. repellent, repellant(adj)

    the power to repel

    "she knew many repellents to his advances"

  4. rebarbative, repellent, repellant(adj)

    serving or tending to repel

    "he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful"; "I find his obsequiousness repellent"

  5. disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky(adj)

    highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

    "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench"

  6. repellent, resistant(adj)

    incapable of absorbing or mixing with

    "a water-repellent fabric"; "plastic highly resistant to steam and water"


  1. repellent(Noun)

    someone who repels

  2. repellent(Noun)

    a substance used to repel insects

  3. repellent(Noun)

    a substance or treatment for a fabric etc to make it impervious to something

  4. repellent(Adjective)

    tending or able to repel

  5. repellent(Adjective)

    repulsive, inspiring aversion

  6. repellent(Adjective)

    resistant or impervious to something

  7. Origin: From repellens.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repellent(adj)

    driving back; able or tending to repel

  2. Repellent(noun)

    that which repels

  3. Repellent(noun)

    a remedy to repel from a tumefied part the fluids which render it tumid

  4. Repellent(noun)

    a kind of waterproof cloth

Translations for repellent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


repulsive; causing dislike or disgust

repellent smell/behaviour.

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