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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Other Words from impressive

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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Saban and Alabama are already in the midst of the most impressive run in the college football history, with five national championships since 2009. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Alabama-Clemson IV: Can Saban’s dynasty reach new heights?," 7 Jan. 2019 Perhaps the most impressive part of her success story? Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meet Marie Kondo, Star Of Tidying Up On Netflix," 5 Jan. 2019 Within a few years the young Jewish artist had become one of the most impressive radical painters in Britain. Richard Cork, WSJ, "Worthy Imitations Worth a Visit," 18 Dec. 2018 The placement of the water injection also had an impact; the most impressive explosions resulted when there was about a foot of molten rock above the injection point. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Blew Up Lava in a Backyard Volcano to Unlock the Secrets of the Most Violent Eruptions," 11 Dec. 2018 The 20-square-mile Bagan (formerly Pagan) is one of the most impressive Buddhist temple complexes in Asia. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 But one of the most impressive secrets surrounding Meghan and Harry’s big day has got to be their honeymoon destination, which is still yet to be confirmed. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Honeymoon Was So Secret, Only Two People Knew About It," 20 Aug. 2018 The most impressive part: These building blocks are one of the few toys on Amazon to have nearly a perfect 5-star rating. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Those Super-Expensive Magformers Are 50% Off on Amazon Right Now," 9 Aug. 2018 But the second most impressive movement of people in human history. Recode Staff, Recode, "How India fits into the global economy: It may not be China, but at least it isn’t Russia," 4 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of impressive

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impressive was in 1598

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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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