usage note for impactful
The aversion to impactful is reinforced by the distaste some people have for its root impact, especially when that word is used as a verb. (See usage note at impact ). But if impactful is indeed derived from the verb rather than the noun—which is not a certainty—there is nothing ungrammatical about that. When added to a verb, -ful has the meaning “apt to” or “able to,” as in mournful, wakeful, forgetful, and worshipful. Impactful may eventually settle into the language in similar fashion.
In sum, impactful entered English as a normal part of language growth and change, and there is no legitimate linguistic reason to reject it. Although there are alternative words available, English welcomes synonymy. And although the negative reactions to impactful may well be further encouraged by a sense that it is commonly found in so-called business-speak or other jargon-filled contexts, in truth the word, from its beginnings, has also been recorded in reputable newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and books.
Nevertheless, the very fact that so many people have passionate, unyielding objections to impactful makes it advisable to think twice before using it in contexts where it might not be accepted. Perhaps its variant impactive, with exactly the same meaning, is less likely to raise hackles. However, the “-ive” form appears in print only about one-fourth as often as the controversial impactful.
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How to use impactful in a sentence
That’s why it was as impactful as it was, but it was really overwhelming to have that kind of responsibility.Actress, Mother, Activist Alyssa Milano on Life as a Triple Threat|Esabelle Lee|February 11, 2021|Ozy
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The skills-gap crisis is a global phenomenon, making it critical that we equip the next generation of problem solvers with the training and resources they need to turn great ideas into impactful solutions.The rise of the activist developer|Walter Thompson|February 9, 2021|TechCrunch
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We were able to make some pretty impactful adjustments pretty quickly.PPC award winners talk strategies for competitive times, industries, and marketplaces|Carolyn Lyden|January 29, 2021|Search Engine Land
Many outlets have received Pulitzer Prizes for less impactful stories.How TMZ Claims Its Celebrity Scalps, Like Ray Rice|Lloyd Grove|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation.The 31 Best Kanye West Quotes of 2013|Chancellor Agard|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Was there ever a moment when you realized that you had an impactful voice?Morgan Freeman Says WTF to GOP, Dishes on ‘Last Vegas,’ ‘12 Years a Slave,’ and Batfleck|Marlow Stern|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps, with creativity like that demonstrated by Justin Rowe's sculptures, there may be always be an impactful place for print!The Future of Print!|William O’Connor|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But that romantic vision is colliding with reality, and the results are both ugly and impactful.Maine, Iowa Caucus Mishaps Prove It’s Time for a Better System|John Avlon|February 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST