impressive

[im-pres-iv]
adjective
having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable: an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.

Origin:
1585–95; impress1 + -ive

impressively, adverb
impressiveness, noun
preimpressive, adjective
unimpressive, adjective
unimpressively, adverb

impressionable, impressive.


imposing, awesome.
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impressive (ɪmˈprɛsɪv)
 
adj
capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc; awe-inspiring; commanding
 
im'pressively
 
adv
 
im'pressiveness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

impressive
1590s, "capable of being easily impressed;" sense of "making an impression on the mind or senses" is from 1775. From impress + -ive.
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Example sentences
They will write impressive books, give inspiring lectures, organize exciting cults.
What's impressive about their argument is that it is underpinned by the powerful theoretical machinery of thermodynamics.
The more apps a college receives, and rejects, the more impressive it seems.
Indigenous peoples also hunt gelada and use their impressive manes in
  traditional coming-of-age ceremonies.
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