Repulsive Re*pul"sive (-s?v), a. [Cf. F. r['e]pulsif.] 1. Serving, or able, to repulse; repellent; as, a repulsive force. [1913 Webster]

Repulsive of his might the weapon stood. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Cold; forbidding; offensive; as, repulsive manners. [1913 Webster] -- {Re*pul"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Re*pul"sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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