[ im-presh-uhn ]
/ ɪmˈprɛʃ ən /



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Origin of impression

1325–75; Middle English impressio(u)n < Latin impressiōn- (stem of impressiō), equivalent to impress(us) (see impress1) + -iōn- -ion

SYNONYMS FOR impression


im·pres·sion·al, adjectiveim·pres·sion·al·ly, adverbim·pres·sion·less, adjectivepre·im·pres·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for impressional

/ (ɪmˈprɛʃən) /


Derived forms of impression

impressional, adjectiveimpressionally, adverb
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Medical definitions for impressional

[ ĭm-prĕshən ]


An effect, a feeling, or an image retained as a consequence of experience.
A mark or indentation made by the pressure of one organ on the surface of another.
An imprint of the teeth and surrounding tissues, formed with a plastic material that hardens into a mold for use in making dentures, inlays, or plastic models.
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Idioms and Phrases with impressional


see make an impression under the impression.

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