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impressive

[im-pres-iv] /ɪmˈprɛs ɪv/
adjective
1.
having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable:
an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.
Origin of impressive
1585-1595
1585-95; impress1 + -ive
Related forms
impressively, adverb
impressiveness, noun
preimpressive, adjective
unimpressive, adjective
unimpressively, adverb
Can be confused
impressionable, impressive.
Synonyms
imposing, awesome.
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  • Haeckel's attempt was the most impressive, and swept all before it, for a year or two.

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  • It was an impressive object-lesson on the evils of Freshman victories.

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  • But others were to be met with of a more elaborate and impressive character.

  • The Army of Zion, as it called itself, was not an impressive one in appearance.

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  • But niad is, after all, the most impressive of all the Acarnanian ruins.

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British Dictionary definitions for impressive

impressive

/ɪmˈprɛsɪv/
adjective
1.
capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc; awe-inspiring; commanding
Derived Forms
impressively, adverb
impressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impressive
adj.

1570s, "capable of being easily impressed," from impress + -ive. Meaning "capable of making an impression on the mind or senses" is from 1775. Related: Impressively; impressiveness.

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