impressionistic

adjective
im·pres·sion·is·tic | \(ˌ)im-ˌpre-shə-ˈni-stik \

Definition of impressionistic 

1 or impressionist \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

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

Examples of impressionistic in a Sentence

He wrote an impressionistic account of the battle scene.

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North Carolina’s lovingly shot Pleasure Island and adjacent Cape Fear River provide the stirring, Southern Gothic setting for this impressionistic film that unfolds around the 18th birthday of its rudderless main character, Moss (Mitchell Slaggert). Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Review: Southern drama 'Moss' underwhelms, but it has great views," 5 July 2018 The style, of necessity, is realistic, impressionistic and surrealistic, with flashbacks, confusion of time sequences and of personality. James Powers, The Hollywood Reporter, "'8 ½': THR's 1963 Review," 26 June 2018 And Bruce [Miller] really embraced that idea, that for Samira to be sort of impressionistic. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Director Kari Skogland on Identity, Easter Eggs & More," 5 June 2018 If the permitting goes as planned, Duster said, the impressionistic bronze-and-granite monument will be erected next year in the median strip on South Langley Avenue at 37th Street. Peter Slevin, chicagotribune.com, "'You can’t just gloss over this history': The movement to honor Ida B. Wells gains momentum," 18 June 2018 The memorial committee has already chosen a sculptor for the impressionistic bronze-and-granite monument that will bear Wells’ likeness. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Flipping the Narrative: Movement to Publicly Honor Black Journalists and Newspapers Grows," 18 June 2018 Trailblazing author and journalist Tom Wolfe, known for his impressionistic prose and dapper three-piece white suits, has died at age 88*. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Tom Wolfe Has Died at 88," 15 May 2018 Ethiopia during the reign of Haile Selassie bursts to life in this impressionistic family history. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 17 Apr. 2018 In this new video from Numberphile, mathematician Alex Bellos explains a drawing by fellow mathematician Edmund Harris that gives the Collatz Conjecture a more impressionistic nature. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Sea Monster Drawing Beautifully Depicts The Collatz Conjecture," 28 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of impressionistic

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of impressionistic was in 1886

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impressionistic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impressionistic

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

: of or relating to impressionism

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