impressive

[im-pres-iv]
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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

First recorded in 1585–95; impress1 + -ive
Related formsim·pres·sive·ly, adverbim·pres·sive·ness, nounpre·im·pres·sive, adjectiveun·im·pres·sive, adjectiveun·im·pres·sive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedimpressionable impressive

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earnestly, soberly, seriously, gravely, impressively

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British Dictionary definitions for impressively

impressive

adjective
  1. capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc; awe-inspiring; commanding
Derived Formsimpressively, adverbimpressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impressively

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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