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Webster 1913 Edition


Repulsive

Re-pul′sive

(-s?v)
,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
répulsif
.]
1.
Serving, or able, to repulse; repellent;
as, a
repulsive
force
.
Repulsive
of his might the weapon stood.
Pope.
2.
Cold; forbidding; offensive;
as,
repulsive
manners
.
Re-pul′sive-ly
,
adv.
Re-pul′sive-ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Repulsive

REPULS'IVE

, a.
1.
Repelling; driving off, or keeping from approach. The repulsive power of the electric fluid is remarkable.
2.
Cold; reserved; forbidding; as repulsive manners.

Definition 2021


repulsive

repulsive

See also: répulsive

English

Adjective

repulsive (comparative more repulsive, superlative most repulsive)

  1. tending to rouse aversion or to repulse
  2. (physics) having the capacity to repel

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  • Nouns to which "repulsive" is often applied: force, interaction, potential.

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Italian

Adjective

repulsive

  1. Feminine plural form of repulsivo