—repellence, repellency, n. —repeller, n. —repellingly, adv. —repellingness, n./ri pel"/, v., repelled, repelling.v.t.1. to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.).2. to thrust back or away.3. to resist effectively (an attack, onslaught, etc.).4. to keep off or out; fail to mix with: Water and oil repel each other.5. to resist the absorption or passage of (water or other liquid): This coat repels rain.6. to refuse to have to do with; resist involvement in: to repel temptation.7. to refuse to accept or admit; reject: to repel a suggestion.8. to discourage the advances of (a person): He repelled me with his harshness.9. to cause distaste or aversion in: Their untidy appearance repelled us.10. to push back or away by a force, as one body acting upon another (opposed to attract): The north pole of one magnet will repel the north pole of another.v.i.11. to act with a force that drives or keeps away something.12. to cause distaste or aversion.[1350-1400; ME repellen < L repellere to drive back, equiv. to re- RE- + pellere to drive, push; see REPULSE]Syn. 1. repulse, parry, ward off. 3. withstand, oppose, rebuff. 7. decline, rebuff.Ant. 1. attract.
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