pel-, -pell, -pellent, -peal

(Latin: push, beat, strike, knock, drive)

Don't confuse this pel- unit with another pel- group meaning "mud, earth, clay".

repeal
repealable
repealer
repel
1. To make someone feel intense aversion, disgust, or revulsion.
2. To ward something off, or to keep something away; such as, a solvent that is used to repel mosquitoes or a fabric that repels water.
3. To ward off or to force back a military attack or invasion; for example, with superior forces.
4. To fail to mix or to blend with something else: "He could not mix the oil and water because they repel each other."
5. To exert a force that tends to push something away or apart: "Magnets can both repel and attract one another."
6. To reject or to refuse to accept something or somebody: "Everyone was repelled by the sight of the behavior of the drunk man and woman."
7. Etymology: "to drive away, to remove" came from Old French repeller, from Latin repellere, "to drive back"; from re-, "back" + pellere, "to drive, to strike".

The meaning "to affect (a person) with distaste or aversion" is from 1817; while, the adjective "repellent" is recorded from 1643, from Latin repellentem, preposition of repellere; originally a reference to medicines (that reduced tumors); the meanings of "distasteful, disagreeable" were first recorded in 1797. The noun sense of "a substance that repels insects" was first recorded in 1908.

repellant
1. The power to repel.
2. A chemical substance that repels animals.
3. A compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water
4. Highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust.
repelled
repellency
repellent, repellant
1. Keeping something out or away: "A candle has a repellent effect on insects."
2. Causing someone to feel disgust: "His radio show is repellent to me with his vulgarisms and personal attacks."
3. A substance that is used to keep something out or away: "She used a can of insect repellent to kill the invading flies and mosquitoes."
repellently
unappealable
unappealably
uncompellable
1. Unable to drive or to force someone to do something.
2. Not getting something from a person, or people, by using force or some form of obligation.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "push, shove, thrust": osmo-; puls-; trud-.