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impressive

[im-pres-iv]
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adjective
  1. having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable: an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.
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Origin of impressive

First recorded in 1585–95; impress1 + -ive
Related formsim·pres·sive·ly, adverbim·pres·sive·ness, nounpre·im·pres·sive, adjectiveun·im·pres·sive, adjectiveun·im·pres·sive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedimpressionable impressive

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imposing, awesome.
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Examples from the Web for impressive

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  • Suddenly his countenance shone with a strange and impressive beauty.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • It was what is generally known as a most impressive service.

  • Still it was an impressive sight, to one who had not seen Niagara.

    Sketches from Memory

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The orator of Guayana to be impressive must be long, however little he may have to say.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • Cartwright, in his most impressive manner, stepped a foot closer to Bud's chair.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith


British Dictionary definitions for impressive

impressive

adjective
  1. capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc; awe-inspiring; commanding
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Derived Formsimpressively, adverbimpressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impressive

adj.

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.

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