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[im-pres-iv] /ɪmˈprɛs ɪv/
having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable:
an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.
Origin of impressive
1585-95; impress1 + -ive
Related forms
impressively, adverb
impressiveness, noun
preimpressive, adjective
unimpressive, adjective
unimpressively, adverb
Can be confused
impressionable, impressive.
imposing, awesome. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for impressiveness
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  • "Dere one way go," Ixtli made reply, even his lowered tones betraying more than ordinary impressiveness, Bruno fancied.

    The Lost City Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
  • They have all come to me again this week with renewed freshness and impressiveness.

    The Friendly Road (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker
  • Impressive by day as this largest Ancient-British work in the kingdom undoubtedly is, its impressiveness is increased now.

  • Hence the variety of their work, as well as its impressiveness.

  • Only in his suffering lies the assurance of his reality; only on this depends the impressiveness of the incarnation.

    The Essence of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach
  • The setting of the scene and her situation may have magnified its impressiveness.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • I said these words slowly and deliberately, and giving them all the impressiveness I was able.

  • The impressiveness of the bare spiritual facts of machinery is not denied.

    The Voice of the Machines Gerald Stanley Lee
  • It must be admitted that the great solitude of the Rhne adds to its majesty and impressiveness.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The impressiveness of the captain's gaze was wasted in the darkness.

British Dictionary definitions for impressiveness


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 impressiveness



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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