[ UK /ɹɪpˈɛlənt/ ]
[ US /ɹɪˈpɛɫənt/ ]
  1. incapable of absorbing or mixing with
    plastic highly resistant to steam and water
    a water-repellent fabric
  2. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
    a disgusting smell
    a loathsome disease
    revolting food
    a wicked stench
    distasteful language
    the idea of eating meat is repellent to me
  3. serving or tending to repel
    he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful
    I find his obsequiousness repellent
  1. a chemical substance that repels animals
  2. the power to repel
    she knew many repellents to his advances
  3. a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water
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How To Use repellent In A Sentence

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  • One of Sonia's latest finishes is called "touch", which is a special rubber varnish that is water-repellent and smudge-proof.
  • Her mother is a drug addict and has been in and out of jail for over a decade, and Megan's insatiable craving for affection is both tragic and repellent.
  • ‘This new repellent chemistry affords flexibility and choice for protection against a variety of disease vectors,’ says Klun.
  • Since they are wearing bug repellent they only have a very small few spots on their body that is left undefended and ripe for the picking, and these sweet spots can sometimes be pretty hard to get at.
  • Multi-layer microfibres, resin and rubber coated cotton are available in a line of water-repellent jackets.
  • Avoid using electronic repellent devices, mothballs or other unregistered products.
  • Their white coats ensure excellent camouflage against the snow and are water-repellent.
  • That enterprise led to what I thought was a particularly repellent burst of American / European chauvinism - a fantasy that there was nothing there before the Europeans arrived.
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