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

Choose the Right Synonym for impressive

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 Predators' season turnaround was impressive, but Carolina is simply too deep and skilled. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "NHL playoff predictions: With first round starting Saturday, who wins Stanley Cup?," 15 May 2021 The Beavers are willing to take the swing, which is impressive. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers poised to host big football recruiting weekend in early June," 13 May 2021 The Suns haven’t been impressive for an entire game since beating Utah on April 30. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Messages are being sent. Are the Suns reading them?," 13 May 2021 The rapid product launch cadence, mature hardware solutions, software stacks, and strong financial performance over the past two years are impressive. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, "Lattice Semiconductor Increases Guidance, Introduces New Products And Goes After New Markets At Its Analyst Day," 13 May 2021 Indeed, the company’s performance in the fiscal year just ended was impressive. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Toyota accelerates out of pandemic with higher profit forecast, share buyback plan," 12 May 2021 The 24-year-old Holloway had been impressive in his first six big league appearances out of the bullpen, giving up six hits over 10 1/3 scoreless innings. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, "Despite Aguilar homer, Marlins stymied by Diamondbacks’ Weaver, fall 5-2," 11 May 2021 The 24-year-old Holloway had been impressive in his first six big league appearances out of the bullpen, giving up six hits over 10 1/3 scoreless innings. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Weaver has best start in month, D-backs beat Marlins 5-2," 10 May 2021 The result is a Netflix drama that's impressive in its scope -- adding to the growing roster of dark comic-book tales -- but frustrating in its sluggish pacing, oscillating between twin timelines over the course of its eight initial episodes. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Jupiter's Legacy' has superheroes, but it moves a lot slower than a speeding bullet," 7 May 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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18 May 2021

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“Impressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impressive. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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

Other Words from impressive

impressively adverb

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