pel-, -pell, -pellent, -peal

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

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

repealable (adjective) (not comparable)
Capable of being revoked or annulled; revocable: The decision made during the first staff meeting was repealable, and a new decision was made in the next meeting the following month.
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.

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.
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."
unappealable (adjective), more unappealable, most unappealable
Not subject to be transferred to a higher tribunal for re-examination: The judge's decision was passed on in a preliminary inquiry, not a trial, and was consequently unappealable.
unappealably (adverb), more unappealably, most unappealably
Referring to a judgement that is not capable of being pleaded or overruled: The legal action that involved Bob was unappealably rejected and could not be carried to a higher court.
uncompellable (adjective) (not comparable)
Unable to urge or to force someone or an animal to do something: The donkey turned out to be uncompellable when the children tried to induce it to walk and it didn't budge one inch, even after the children gave it some tidbits to eat!

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