impressionistic

adjective im·pres·sion·is·tic \ (ˌ)im-ˌpre-shə-ˈni-stik \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of impressionistic

1 or impressionist play \im-ˈpre-sh(ə-)nist\ often capitalized : of, relating to, or constituting impressionism
2 : based on or involving impression as distinct from expertise or fact
  • intuitions and impressionistic anecdotal accounts
  • —Sidney Hook

impressionistically

play \(ˌ)im-ˌpre-shə-ˈni-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of impressionistic in a Sentence

  1. He wrote an impressionistic account of the battle scene.

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First Known Use of impressionistic

1886

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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IMPRESSIONISTIC Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of impressionistic for English Language Learners

  • : involving general feelings or thoughts rather than specific knowledge or facts

  • : of or relating to impressionism


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