1. tending to move away from a center; “centrifugal force”
    • Antonyms
      • centripetal
    • Similar to
      • outward-developing
      • outward-moving
  2. tending away from centralization, as of authority; “the division of Europe into warring blocs produces ever-increasing centrifugal stress”
    • Similar to
      • decentralizing
      • decentralising
  3. conveying information to the muscles from the CNS; “motor nerves”
    • Synonyms
      • motor
    • Similar to
      • efferent
      • motorial



  1. tending to move toward a center; “centripetal force”
    • Antonyms
      • centrifugal
    • Similar to
      • inward-developing
      • inward-moving
  2. tending to unify
    • Synonyms
      • unifying
    • Similar to
      • centralizing
      • centralising
  3. of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system; “sensory neurons”
    • Synonyms
      • receptive
      • sensory
    • Similar to
      • afferent
    • Related
      • pick up
      • receive

Context for New Word

Screenshot of context where found centrifugal versus centripetal

While reading Mani (2013) I came across centrifugal versus centripetal as a new word.

This paradox between things that drive you to the center and away at the same time is an interesting description.

The following are the words that are in the New Word Project:

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The definition for this word taken from the Terminology app, which is based on the Princeton University’s WordNet lexical database. If you are interested in how I created this resource and how I add new words to it, you can see my blog post Title of Blog Post.

Added to Project:

Reference Author: Mani (2013)

Reference Citation:

Mani, L. (2013). The integral nature of things: Critical reflections on the present. New Delhi: Routledge.