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Dictionary definition for: Repellent

1. (n) a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water

2. (s) serving or tending to repel; "he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful" "I find his obsequiousness repellent"

3. (n) a chemical substance that repels animals

4. (s) 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"

5. (n) the power to repel; "she knew many repellents to his advances"

6. (s) incapable of absorbing or mixing with; "a water-repellent fabric" "plastic highly resistant to steam and water"

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