impressive

adjective im·pres·sive \ im-ˈpre-siv \

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

impressively

adverb

impressiveness

noun

Examples of impressive in a Sentence

  1. He has an impressive vocabulary for a 10-year-old.

  2. Her first performance was very impressive.

  3. He has an impressive manner.

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First Known Use of impressive

1598

Synonym Discussion of 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

IMPRESSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

impressive

adjective

Definition of impressive for English Language Learners

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


IMPRESSIVE Defined for Kids

impressive

adjective im·pres·sive \ im-ˈpre-siv \

Definition of impressive for Students

:having the power to impress the mind or feelings especially in a positive way
  • an impressive speech

impressively

adverb


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