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[im-pres-iv] /ɪmˈprɛs ɪv/
having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable:
an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.
Origin of impressive
First recorded in 1585-95; impress1 + -ive
Related forms
impressively, adverb
impressiveness, noun
preimpressive, adjective
unimpressive, adjective
unimpressively, adverb
Can be confused
impressionable, impressive.
imposing, awesome. Unabridged
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  • Haeckel's attempt was the most impressive, and swept all before it, for a year or two.

    The Other Side of Evolution Alexander Patterson
  • It was an impressive object-lesson on the evils of Freshman victories.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • But others were to be met with of a more elaborate and impressive character.

  • The Army of Zion, as it called itself, was not an impressive one in appearance.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • But niad is, after all, the most impressive of all the Acarnanian ruins.

    Vacation days in Greece Rufus B. Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for impressive


capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc; awe-inspiring; commanding
Derived Forms
impressively, adverb
impressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impressive

1570s, "capable of being easily impressed," from impress + -ive. Meaning "capable of making an impression on the mind or senses" is from 1775. Related: Impressively; impressiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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