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impressive

[im-pres-iv] /ɪmˈprɛs ɪv/
adjective
1.
having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable:
an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.
Origin of impressive
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; impress1 + -ive
Related forms
impressively, adverb
impressiveness, noun
preimpressive, adjective
unimpressive, adjective
unimpressively, adverb
Can be confused
impressionable, impressive.
Synonyms
imposing, awesome.
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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

/ɪmˈprɛsɪv/
adjective
1.
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
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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