Definition of "repellent" [re•pel•lent]

  • Serving or tending to repel. (adjective)
  • Able to repel. (adjective)
  • Inspiring aversion or distaste; repulsive. See Synonyms at hateful, offensive. (adjective)
  • Resistant or impervious to a substance. Often used in combination: a water-repellent fabric. (adjective)
  • One that repels. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "repellent" in a sentence
  • "Report: Deet, popular and potent insect repellent, is neurotoxic"
  • "Tick repellent is also available. $8; 507-263-2885; robinson outdoors. com"
  • "Mosquitoes are night creatures, too, so insect repellent is a must (on you but never your bait)."