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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But the most impressive feature is a detail the official rendering makes no reference to: two substantial air tunnels that are integrated into the rear bodywork and which have the rear light elements integrated around their exits. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The Lotus Type 130 Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16," 31 May 2019 The city with the most impressive showing was London, with four museums—the British Museum, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum—all making the top 10. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "These Are the Most Visited Museums in the World," 30 May 2019 July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of one of mankind's most impressive achievements: landing on the moon. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "LEGO Unveils New Apollo 11 Kit for 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing," 30 May 2019 One of the most impressive homes currently available for a weekend trip is the Gorman House from season one (episode two) of the popular HGTV home renovation show. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Rent the Massive "Gorman House" From Season One of Fixer Upper in Waco," 30 May 2019 But today's launch makes Waymo One the most technologically impressive self-driving service on the market by a wide margin. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 If that wasn’t impressive enough, Louis Vuitton secured MoMA PS1 as its official after-party venue. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and Jennifer Connelly Pulled an All-Nighter at the Louis Vuitton Cruise After-Party," 9 May 2019 Intel’s traditionally dominated the PC market, and its X-series processors are certainly impressive. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel launches 18 9th-gen desktop Core chips, the majority without hyperthreading," 23 Apr. 2019 The Church of England owns some of the most impressive houses of worship in the world, with towering facades and spires that have drawn in the faithful for close to 500 years. Robert Stevens, The Christian Science Monitor, "Church of England's outreach effort may mean end of 'snobbishness'," 5 July 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 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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