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Adjective: repellent  ri'pe-lunt
  1. Serving or tending to repel
    "I find his obsequiousness repellent";
    - rebarbative, repellant
     
  2. Highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
    "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me";
    - disgusting, disgustful [archaic], distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky, loathful [archaic], yukky
     
  3. Incapable of absorbing or mixing with
    "a water-repellent fabric";
    - resistant
Noun: repellent  ri'pe-lunt
  1. A compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water
    - repellant
     
  2. A chemical substance that repels animals
    - repellant
     
  3. The power to repel
    "she knew many repellents to his advances";
    - repellant

Derived forms: repellents

See also: nonabsorbent, nonabsorptive, offensive, unpleasant

Type of: chemical compound, compound, power, powerfulness

Encyclopedia: Repellent