Adjective "repellent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Able to repel a particular thing; impervious to a particular substance.
  1. 'The repellent agent cannot gain anything from the washing materials agent.'
  2. 'Avoid using electronic repellent devices, mothballs or other unregistered products.'
Causing disgust or distaste.
  1. 'National pride can be a repellent trait in musicians, but Davies throws you off balance here.'
  2. 'As a result, the metamorphic forms have a simultaneously repellant and enticing effect.'
  3. 'But aside from Edith Massey's masterful turn as Queen Charlotta, the whole repellent realm makes little sense.'
  4. 'Billy Bob Thornton is brilliantly repellent as a depressed, alcoholic, obscenity-spouting, safe-cracking department store Santa.'
  5. 'As a film, it makes for difficult, almost repellent viewing.'
  6. 'Where paint is applied, the woolly material takes on a tacky, repellent quality.'
  7. 'And Flaus is marvellous in the role, making the eccentric, repellent Krapp a sympathetic figure.'
  8. 'Oil is generating plenty of income, while productivity is often abysmal and the quality of local products repellent.'
  9. 'Jerry also works the streets, pimping his old lady Stella to raise the cash to buy smack from the repellent drug lord, Fats.'
  10. '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.'


A substance that deters insects or other pests from approaching or settling.
  1. 'Flea repellants also are sold in liquid form and are usually applied between the shoulder blades.'
  2. 'The study found detectable levels of 89 chemicals, including pesticides, phthalates, herbicides, pest repellents, and disinfectants.'
  3. 'Various forms of repellents also can be sprayed on trees to keep wildlife away.'
  4. 'Insect repellents for humans and shampoos or collars containing insecticide for pets can help control or reduce tick infestations.'
  5. 'There was at that time unfounded speculation that B vitamins acted as systemic insect repellants, 12 possibly because of the aroma of yeast excreted via the sweat.'
  6. 'The fruits make good outdoor Christmas ornaments or could be used as insect pest repellents in the winter.'
  7. 'Precautions include the use of insect repellants, insecticide room sprays, mosquito netting, and screened windows.'
  8. 'If you'd rather avoid chemicals, try herbal repellents.'
  9. 'Preliminary studies have shown that granular materials containing castor oil have been less effective than liquid repellents.'
  10. 'So use good deet-based insect repellants, and there's usually not a problem using them in children, as well.'
A substance used to treat something, especially fabric or stone, so as to make it impervious to water.
  1. 'Mosquito bites may be avoided by removing stagnant sources of water or by using protective clothing, repellants, larvicides, and, in cases of epidemics, insecticides.'


1. causing distaste or aversion; repulsive.

2. forcing or driving back.

3. serving or tending to ward off or drive away.

4. impervious or resistant to something (often used in combination): moth-repellant. noun

5. something that repels, as a substance that keeps away insects.

6. a medicine that serves to prevent or reduce swellings, tumors, etc.

7. any of various durable or nondurable solutions applied to a fabric, garment, surface, etc., to increase its resistance, as to wat

More examples(as adjective)

"patterns can be repellent by acres."

"substances can be repellent."

"wrigglings can be repellent."

"works can be repellent."

"utterlies can be repellent."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin repellent- ‘driving back’, from the verb repellere (see repel).