[ im-presh-uhn ]
/ ɪmˈprɛʃ ən /


Nearby words

  1. impresario,
  2. imprescriptible,
  3. impress,
  4. impressed,
  5. impressible,
  6. impressionable,
  7. impressionism,
  8. impressionist,
  9. impressionistic,
  10. impressive

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
Related formsim·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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impressional


/ (ɪmˈprɛʃən) /


Derived Formsimpressional, adjectiveimpressionally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for impressional



late 14c., "mark produced by pressure," also "image produced in the mind or emotions," from Old French impression "print, stamp; a pressing on the mind," from Latin impressionem (nominative impressio) "onset, attack," figuratively "perception," literally "a pressing into," from imprimere (see impress). Meaning "act or process of indenting" is early 15c.; that of "printing of a number of copies" is from 1570s. Meaning "belief, vague notion" (as in under the impression) is from 1610s.

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Medicine 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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