impressive

adjective
im·​pres·​sive | \ im-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce impressive (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web But if chocolate is the way to someone’s heart (including your own), try a dark chocolate pudding with sea salt or this very easy to make but impressive dessert that’s a nod to the ’80s. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Going the chocolate route this Valentine’s? These lava cakes are sure to be a hit," 13 Feb. 2020 His painting was refused on the grounds of its contorted figures and bizarre colors, and he was forced to paint a second, still impressive but more conventional rendering. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, "David Bomberg’s ‘Desire to Emancipate’," 11 Feb. 2020 The incandescent Ethiopian-Irish actress leads an impressive ensemble that is her equal in terms of their natural command of the language and supple modulation of vividly drawn character arcs. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hamlet': Theater Review," 11 Feb. 2020 Her impressive number featured lots of dancing, a guest appearance from Billy Porter, and even an attempt at some audience participation — which apparently, Brad Pitt was not interested in. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Brad Pitt's Reaction to Janelle Monáe Asking Him to Sing at the Oscars Is Everything," 10 Feb. 2020 Last week, Pinkney flashed his top trait -- excellent hands -- as well as impressive athleticism and a willingness to block. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts Insider: Senior Bowl TE standouts and why they all want to be George Kittle," 27 Jan. 2020 Drosophila melanogaster, otherwise known as the fruit fly, has a pretty impressive dome for being so small—as in, its brain contains over 100,000 neurons, or brain cells. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Google's 3D Map of a Fly Brain Is Beautiful," 23 Jan. 2020 Some fear the growing divisions will slow India’s impressive recent progress in science and technology. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "Campus attacks by nationalists and police alarm India’s scientific community," 20 Jan. 2020 Last week, the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans surprised everyone with impressive underdog wins. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to watch NFL playoff games live online for free—without cable," 19 Jan. 2020

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Impressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impressive. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for impressive

impressive

adjective
How to pronounce impressive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of impressive

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

impressive

adjective
im·​pres·​sive | \ im-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce impressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of impressive

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

Other Words from impressive

impressively adverb

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