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

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 Bulldogs allowed an average of less than eight points per game during their 9-0 run through the regular season, which is impressive enough. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 25 Nov. 2021 That's especially impressive, considering Weinstock didn't start baking professionally until the age of 50, after surviving breast cancer. Dave Quinn,, 23 Nov. 2021 And with that engine propelling a car that tips the scales at just 2,645 pounds, the performance is truly impressive; Zagato claims zero-to-60 mph sprinting in under 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2021 Aside from maybe Marie Kondo, Clea Shearer or Joanna Teplin, whose collective enjoyment and ability to organize is both impressive and legendary, putting seasonal decorations away is typically not something people look forward to. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Everyone is funny, and some of the art is actually impressive. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 Still, his performance is impressive for its intensity and commitment. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 The basketball scenes and camerawork are really impressive. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Oregon has won five games in a row since the Stanford loss but has not been overly impressive. Joseph Goodman |, al, 18 Nov. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of impressive

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


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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