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 The excitement over Carlos Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon from Japan may have obscured an equally impressive feat in the car business. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Take Your Victory Lap, Elon Musk," 3 Jan. 2020 Thanks to a couple of salivating canines, robot fry cooks can whip up a pretty impressive hot dog. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Bad News for Dads: Robots Can Grill Hot Dogs Now," 23 Dec. 2019 Medicinal chemist David Nichols of Purdue University, who was also not involved in the work, says the technique's yield is impressive. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "E. coli Could Produce a Popular Psychedelic for Therapeutic Use," 21 Dec. 2019 In their second battle, another hand gets lost but Luke sparks one of the biggest feats of redemption in the entire Skywalker saga and that in itself is impressive. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, "Ranking the best lightsaber battles in Star Wars, from A New Hope to The Last Jedi," 19 Dec. 2019 There are some awesome cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails here, plus a massive indoor tennis facility that’s seriously impressive. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "What to do in the winter when you don’t ski, from hot springs to ice bumper cars," 18 Dec. 2019 What’s impressive about Richard Jewell, Clint Eastwood’s latest common-man-hero epic, is its transition from casual realism to profound feeling. Armond White, National Review, "Richard Jewell Is Eastwood’s History of the Future," 13 Dec. 2019 But what’s most impressive about the $30 leggings is how frequently Amazon shoppers compare them to the coveted Align leggings by Lululemon. Jayla Andrulonis, Health.com, "Shoppers Swear These $30 Colorfulkoala Leggings Are the Ultimate Lululemon Dupes," 11 Dec. 2019 The inventory of Italian brainwaves, from double-entry book-keeping to radio, is impressive. The Economist, "The decline of the Five Star empire," 5 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'impressive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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6 Jan 2020

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“Impressive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impressive. Accessed 19 January 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

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