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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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  • The visit to the registrar's office had been short and unimpressive.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • He began to speak softly into it in his gentle, unimpressive voice.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn
  • The country is flat, and, viewed from the rail or high road, unimpressive.

  • The data were far from complete but the published total was not unimpressive.

  • There was a moment's silence while she did unimpressive things with her fan.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
British Dictionary definitions for unimpressive

unimpressive

/ˌʌnɪmˈprɛsɪv/
adjective
1.
not capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc: an unimpressive performance

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 unimpressive

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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