having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable: an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.

Nearby words

  1. impression,
  2. impressionable,
  3. impressionism,
  4. impressionist,
  5. impressionistic,
  6. impressive aphasia,
  7. impressively,
  8. impressment,
  9. impressure,
  10. imprest

Origin of impressive

First recorded in 1585–95; impress1 + -ive

Related forms
Can be confusedimpressionable impressive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impressively



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



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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