im·​pac·​tive im-ˈpak-tiv How to pronounce impactive (audio)
: having an impact or marked effect
Feeling the impactive scrutiny of strange faces …F. Scott Fitzgerald
: resulting from impact
impactive shocks

Examples of impactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regarding visual media, impactive everyday behaviors include responding to a thread with a GIF or reaction image featuring random everyday strangers, or posting (and/or remixing) the latest meme to comment on the news of the day. Casey Newton, The Verge, 8 Dec. 2018 Their opportunities for development will be squeezed by automation’s impactive grip. The Economist, 5 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of impactive was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Impactive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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