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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 impressiveness

Historical Examples

  • I said these words slowly and deliberately, and giving them all the impressiveness I was able.

    Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune

    Charles James Lever

  • "Mr. and Mrs. Peter Brandt are here," she announced with impressiveness.

    Under the Country Sky

    Grace S. Richmond

  • The impressiveness of the bare spiritual facts of machinery is not denied.

    The Voice of the Machines

    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • They have all come to me again this week with renewed freshness and impressiveness.

    The Friendly Road

    (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker

  • The impressiveness was habitual and not for show, for spectators were few.


British Dictionary definitions for impressiveness

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 impressiveness

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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