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Meaning of repulsive

re•pul•sive

Pronunciation: (ri-pul'siv), [key]
— adj.
  1. causing repugnance or aversion: a repulsive mask.
  2. capable of causing repulsion; serving to repulse: to present enough repulsive force to keep the enemy from daring to attack.
  3. tending to drive away or keep at a distance; cold; forbidding: arrogant, repulsive airs to frighten the timid .
  4. of the nature of or characterized by physical repulsion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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