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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The party itself was pretty impressive, as the reality star turned her house into a jungle to go with the Tarzan theme. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "North West Dressed Like a Selena Gomez Music Video for Her Brother's Birthday Party," 2 Dec. 2018 Most critics have seized on the economics, which aren’t impressive. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Costs of the Euro," 23 Nov. 2018 And Meghan's royal tour wardrobe continues to be even more impressive. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Holds Her Baby Bump While Wearing a Brandon Maxwell Dress and a Burberry Trench," 30 Oct. 2018 Making it to the finish line of a marathon is seriously impressive. Mallory Creveling, SELF, "12 Marathon Training Apps to Help You Conquer 26.2 Miles," 18 Oct. 2018 In addition to the severity of the danger, the breach is impressive for its logistical complexity, requiring top secret coordination between a Chinese military unit and factories were the chips could be installed. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tiny Chinese Microchips Reportedly Found Hidden in Amazon, Apple Servers," 4 Oct. 2018 But, the real material is in its 1,258 comments, where users seem to be raving the most about things like its insanely impressive suction. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "People Are Obsessed With This $150 Vacuum From Amazon," 2 Oct. 2018 Asbury's hotel scene is also booming: Big-deal newcomers like The Asbury Hotel feel worlds away from that (misguided) Jersey Shore stereotype, and the next installation is even more impressive. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Age of Asbury Park," 18 Sep. 2018 Well, that was almost as impressive as Cory Booker. Fox News, "Gutfeld: It's the cry babies vs. the jerk," 8 Sep. 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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