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Definition 1: the power to repel - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where repellent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she knew many repellents to his advances

Synonyms for repellent in the sense of this definition

(repellent is a kind of ...) possession of controlling influence

"the deterrent power of nuclear weapons" "the power of his love saved her" "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"

Definition 2: a chemical substance that repels animals - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for repellent in the sense of this definition

(repellent is a kind of ...) (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight

(... is a kind of repellent ) a chemical substance that repels insects

Definition 3: a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for repellent in the sense of this definition

(repellent is a kind of ...) (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight

Definition 4: incapable of absorbing or mixing with - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where repellent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a water-repellent fabric
  • plastic highly resistant to steam and water

Synonyms for repellent in the sense of this definition

(repellent is similar to ...) not capable of absorbing or soaking up (liquids)

Definition 5: highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where repellent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for repellent in the sense of this definition

(repellent is similar to ...) unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

"offensive odors"

Definition 6: serving or tending to repel - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where repellent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful
  • I find his obsequiousness repellent

Synonyms for repellent in the sense of this definition

(repellent is similar to ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

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