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 first season was generally impressive, with good performances and clever writing. oregonlive, "ABC renews Portland-set TV series ‘Stumptown’ for Season 2," 21 May 2020 Several vaccine experts told STAT that, based on the information made available by the company, there is really no way to know how impressive — or not — the vaccine may be. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Experts say wait-and-see about Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine; J&J will stop selling talc products in the U.S.," 20 May 2020 The film’s deep cast is impressive, and as a director, Duke is wise enough to give each performer a spotlight moment. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Liam Hemsworth helps make crime dramedy ‘Arkansas’ worth a visit," 6 May 2020 His most recent videos are extra-impressive, given the tricky nature of their words. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Wisconsin Man Raps Dr. Seuss Books Over Dr. Dre Beats in Hilarious Video Series," 30 Apr. 2020 Intel’s making bold claims about how well its new Comet Lake S chips can stack up to Ryzen, especially with the impressive, recent performance of both Ryzen 9 chips. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds," 30 Apr. 2020 The metrics are impressive, too: An IPX7 waterproof rating and eight-hour battery life rival earbuds at the $100 level. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Wireless Headphones for the Office, Traveling, and Working Out," 28 Apr. 2020 Also unsurprising—though no less impressive—is how Supergiant has effortlessly genre-hopped its way into pro-level roguelite design. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Games getting us through COVID-19—blocks, roguelites, whatever Death Stranding is," 25 Apr. 2020 But as impressive as their actions have been, their political leadership — as well as that of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway’s women leaders — is not unique to those countries. Julie Kohler, refinery29.com, "Where Is America’s Jacinda Ardern? She’s Hiding In Plain Sight.," 24 Apr. 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 May 2020

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“Impressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impressive. Accessed 29 May. 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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