Pronunciation: (ri-pel'unt),[key] —adj. 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.
—n. 1. something that repels, as a substance that keeps away insects.
2. a medicine that serves to prevent or reduce swellings, tumors, etc.
3. any of various durable or nondurable solutions applied to a fabric, garment, surface, etc., to increase its resistance, as to water, moths, mildew, etc. Also,re•pel'lant.