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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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
Both bear powder-puff flowers with impressively long stamens from spring to
  fall.
The upper left ab pops out impressively from the effort of lugging five-gallon
  water jugs into our kitchen.
The political knowledge of the average voter has been tested repeatedly, and
  the scores are impressively low.
The interaction between blocks is impressively smooth.
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