Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing repugnance or aversion; disgusting. See Synonyms at offensive.
  • adj. Tending to repel or drive off.
  • adj. Physics Opposing in direction: a repulsive force.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. tending to rouse aversion or to repulse
  • adj. having the capacity to repel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving, or able, to repulse; repellent.
  • adj. Cold; forbidding; offensive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Acting so as to repel or drive away; exercising repulsion; repelling.
  • Serving or tending to deter or forbid approach or familiarity; repellent; forbidding: grossly or coarsely offensive to taste or feeling; causing intense aversion with disgust.
  • Synonyms Offensive, disgusting, sickening, revolting, shocking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. so extremely ugly as to be terrifying
  • adj. possessing the ability to repel
  • adj. offensive to the mind

Etymologies

repulse + -ive (Wiktionary)

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