[ im-pak-tiv ]
/ ɪmˈpæk tɪv /


caused by impact: impactive pain.
compelling or impressive: He was deeply moved by the impactive force of the performance.


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Origin of impactive

First recorded in 1930–35; impact + -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for impactive

/ (ɪmˈpæktɪv) /


of or relating to a physical impact
making a strong impression
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