impressive

adjective
im·pres·sive | \im-ˈpre-siv \

Definition of impressive 

: making or tending to make a marked impression : having the power to excite attention, awe, or admiration an impressive display of skill

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impressively adverb
impressiveness noun

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moving, impressive, poignant, affecting, touching, pathetic mean having the power to produce deep emotion. moving may apply to any strong emotional effect including thrilling, agitating, saddening, or calling forth pity or sympathy. a moving appeal for contributions impressive implies compelling attention, admiration, wonder, or conviction. an impressive list of achievements poignant applies to what keenly or sharply affects one's sensitivities. a poignant documentary on the homeless affecting is close to moving but most often suggests pathos. an affecting deathbed reunion touching implies arousing tenderness or compassion. the touching innocence in a child's eyes pathetic implies moving to pity or sometimes contempt. pathetic attempts to justify misconduct

Examples of impressive in a Sentence

He has an impressive vocabulary for a 10-year-old. Her first performance was very impressive. He has an impressive manner.
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The most impressive way to kick off any Champagne-fueled party is to saber a bottle, popping the cork from the wine with the swipe of a knife. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soirée," 13 July 2018 That’s probably the most impressive part, is going over somebody else and landing on your feet. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "The No. 2 Cincinnati Bengals play in last 30 years: Jerome Simpson’s flip," 12 July 2018 For France, a young team full of bright young stars — especially Kylian Mbappe — may realize their talent in the most impressive way. Alex Ward, Vox, "How to watch the World Cup final between France and Croatia," 11 July 2018 But the Roman scholar’s encyclopedic work still stands as the most impressive synthesis of scientific knowledge in the ancient era, as scientists have once again learned. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Scientists admit Pliny the Elder was right about orcas and whales.," 11 July 2018 One room over, Wilson shows me the most impressive new toy in the group's digitization toolkit, one that arrived just three days earlier: A room-sized analog artifact known as an optical comparator. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018 Zhaire Smith and Cameron Oliver were by far the most impressive Sixers. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers struggle in 96-79 loss to Lakers," 8 July 2018 One of the most impressive players here #Elite80 pic.twitter.com/QcOhlhH9gh — ScoutsFocus (@ScoutsFocusHelp) June 15, 2018 South Central's Day'ron Sharpe, right, shoots over D.H. Conley's Damian Tetterton on Feb. 9, 2017. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Here's how to see UNC's latest recruit, top shoe-sponsored AAU teams battle this weekend," 5 July 2018 Either way, while the event has since concluded, its most impressive and silliest moments live on thanks to a complete YouTube video dump. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The best, craziest speedruns from this year’s Summer Games Done Quick," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of impressive

1598, in the meaning defined above

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impressive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impressive

: deserving attention, admiration, or respect : making a good impression

impressive

adjective
im·pres·sive | \im-ˈpre-siv \

Kids Definition of impressive

: having the power to impress the mind or feelings especially in a positive way an impressive speech

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