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 Often, the sound on a desktop computer is just not that impressive. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "HP Pavilion All-in-One review: Is this desktop computer as versatile and user-friendly as it claims?," 21 Nov. 2020 The offense has been very impressive as well, outscoring foes 38-8 overall and 38-5 in the six wins. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Pallotti boys soccer blanks Gerstell Academy for fourth straight win," 20 Nov. 2020 That’s impressive under any circumstances, especially with Nick Mullens throwing it to him. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy football waiver wire: Duke Johnson bedevils conventional wisdom," 11 Nov. 2020 Equally impressive, but not as celebrated yet, is his resilience. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football midseason report: Team MVP, top newcomers, biggest surprises and more," 10 Nov. 2020 Along with the bones of what appeared to be a human adult was an impressive—and extensive—kit of stone tools an ancient hunter would need to take down big game, from engaging the hunt to preparing the hide. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Prehistoric female hunter discovery upends gender role assumptions," 4 Nov. 2020 And even more impressive than the yards allowed was the number on proud display on the visitor's side of the Yulman Stadium scoreboard on this picture-perfect Saturday. Rod Walker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Walker: Tulane defense 'looks in mirror,' bounces back from 3 woeful outings to stuff Temple," 31 Oct. 2020 Almost as impressive as the participating companies and numbers of volunteers recruited is that these initiatives work in complementary ways. Fortune, "Why America’s volunteer spirit could save the election," 19 Oct. 2020 As impressive as the variety of tapas is the lineup of drinks. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Eatapas, a Spanish kitchen in Fort Lauderdale, dishes paella, tableside sangria and flamenco," 19 Oct. 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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25 Nov 2020

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“Impressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impressive. Accessed 28 Nov. 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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