I know this sounds like a stupid question, but I just wanted to confirm if they are the same thing. In new canon, anti-gravity is never mentioned.

  • Unclear. What precisely do you mean by "anti-gravity?" For example, does walking up the stairs using your legs count as "anti-gravity?" Do lighter-than-air objects such as hot-air balloons count as "anti-gravity?" Do powered or un-powered flight? What about a fictional technology or material that makes one transparent to gravity? What about a fictional technology or material that has "negative mass" (i.e. accelerates under the influence of gravity, except away from mass, instead of towards it). Or do you just care about the word "anti-gravity" rather than the concept described by it?
    – Lexible
    Nov 4, 2019 at 16:49
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    @Lexible Anti-gravity is a standard word. You can find it in Oxford dictionary as well as Wikipedia.
    – user931
    Nov 4, 2019 at 19:01
  • @CaptainCold anti-gravity is a poorly conceived word, and poorly theorized concept. Your comment (and the sources you cite) does not clarify what the OP means or is interested in.
    – Lexible
    Nov 6, 2019 at 0:51

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Repulsorlift technology is explicitly called out in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections as being a technology based on anti-gravity.

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"Repulsorlifts allow a craft to hover or fly over a planet's surface by pushing against its gravity, producing thrust"

That being said, it would appear that the thrust doesn't have to be directly downwards towards the centre-mass. It can be used for directional thrust as well

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There's also the following excerpt from the junior novelisation of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Fett was followed by a floating slab of metal that Luke couldn’t make out. The floating slab was followed by two blue-uniformed Cloud City guards, who held the end of the slab and appeared to be guiding it through the hallway. Luke realized the slab was resting on a thin repulsor sled, an antigravity device used to transport heavy objects.


No it is not anti gravity because it does not make use of anti matter, instead it uses air to push against the ground.

  • You should edit in some evidence to back this up because it appears to contradict canon as shown in the other answer.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Nov 4, 2019 at 15:36
  • I'm curious what anti-gravity has to do with anti-matter, too. Actually, not that curious.
    – T.J.L.
    Nov 4, 2019 at 18:23

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