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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The widescreen landscapes are impressive — as when dissolving from a Diego Rivera mural to a plane flight over Mexico’s surreal rural and urban landscape, which provides the film’s most captivating sequence. Armond White, National Review, "Franco Zeffirelli: Unlikely Conservative Hero," 20 June 2019 Fortunately, international co-ordination, especially between governments and companies in South-East Asia’s pork industry, has been impressive, says Wantanee Kalpravidh of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, a UN agency. The Economist, "African swine fever spreads to South-East Asia," 19 June 2019 In two of three practices during minicamp last week, Jackson was impressive inside the red zone. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Confident yet inconsistent, QB Lamar Jackson taking command of Ravens offense," 19 June 2019 While the sets were impressive, there were some technical difficulties last Friday night that marred the performance. Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Moonlight’s ‘The Producers’ is intentionally-offensive comedy," 19 June 2019 In addition, Libra’s initial list of backers is impressive. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Facebook may have too many users for its cryptocurrency to fail — even if you don’t trust it," 18 June 2019 But those few chords were more than enough to launch an impressive career. Washington Post, "Julio Iglesias reflects on a life that ‘has been a miracle’," 14 June 2019 The bullpen had been impressive this season, but their multi-innings guys have struggled. Kristie Ackert, courant.com, "Yankees hope the injured Jonathan Loaisiga can provide pitching boost soon," 14 June 2019 His impressive coaching career has spanned 45 years. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Flying L’s pitcher looking to build on strong freshmen performance," 13 June 2019

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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

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

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