impressive

[ im-pres-iv ]
/ ɪmˈprɛs ɪv /

adjective

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

OTHER WORDS FROM impressive

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH impressive

impressionable impressive
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British Dictionary definitions for unimpressive (1 of 2)

unimpressive
/ (ˌʌnɪmˈprɛsɪv) /

adjective

not capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etcan unimpressive performance

British Dictionary definitions for unimpressive (2 of 2)

impressive
/ (ɪmˈprɛsɪv) /

adjective

capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc; awe-inspiring; commanding

Derived forms of impressive

impressively, adverbimpressiveness, noun
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