repellent also repellant, 1640s, from L. repellentem, prp. of repellere (see REPEL (Cf. repel)). Originally of medicines (that reduced tumors); meaning "distasteful, disagreeable" first recorded 1797. The noun sense of "substance that repels insects" first recorded 1908.

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  • repellent — repellent, repulsive Repulsive is the stronger of the two words, implying physical recoiling rather than just a feeling of disgust: • I was given some repulsive food which, by the end of the second day, I trained myself to eat Brian Aldiss, 1991… …   Modern English usage

  • repellent — or repellant [ri pel′ənt] adj. [L repellens] 1. that repels; pushing away or driving back 2. a) causing distaste, dislike, or aversion; repulsive b) causing insects, etc. to react by staying away 3. able to resist the absorption of liquid, esp.… …   English World dictionary

  • repellent — re·pel·lent /ri pe lənt/ n: a method used to avoid or discourage a hostile corporate takeover Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. repellent …   Law dictionary

  • repellent — (also repellant) ► ADJECTIVE 1) able to repel or impervious to a particular thing: water repellent nylon. 2) causing disgust or distaste. ► NOUN 1) a substance that deters insects or other pests. 2) a substance used to treat something to make it… …   English terms dictionary

  • Repellent — Re*pel lent ( lent), a. [L. repellens, entis, p. pr. ] Driving back; able or tending to repel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Repellent — Re*pel lent, n. 1. That which repels. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) A remedy to repel from a tumefied part the fluids which render it tumid. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] 3. A kind of waterproof cloth. Knight. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repellent — *repugnant, abhorrent, distasteful, obnoxious, invidious Analogous words: *offensive, loathsome, repulsive, revolting Antonyms: attractive: pleasing Contrasted words: alluring, charming, captivating, bewitching (see under ATTRACT): enticing,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Repellent — Als Repellent (von lat. repellere „vertreiben“, „zurückstoßen“) – auch Repellens, Repulsivstoff oder Vergrämungsmittel – wird ein Wirkstoff bezeichnet, der von einem Organismus über den Geruchssinn wahrgenommen wird und der diesen abschreckt,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Repellent — Re|pẹl|lent 〈n. 15〉 chem. Mittel, das der Abschreckung u. dem Fernhalten von Schädlingen dient, ohne sie zu töten; Sy Abwehrstoff (2) [engl.; zu repel „abschrecken“] * * * Re|pẹl|lens, Re|pẹl|lent [engl. repellent = abstoßend, zurücktreibend… …   Universal-Lexikon

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