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im·pres·sive

 (ĭm-prĕs′ĭv)
adj.
Making a strong positive impression; inspiring admiration or awe: an impressive achievement.

im·pres′sive·ly adv.
im·pres′sive·ness n.

impressive

(ɪmˈprɛsɪv)
adj
capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc; awe-inspiring; commanding
imˈpressively adv
imˈpressiveness n

im•pres•sive

(ɪmˈprɛs ɪv)

adj.
arousing admiration or respect.
[1585–95]
im•pres′sive•ly, adv.
im•pres′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impressive - making a strong or vivid impression; "an impressive ceremony"
moving - arousing or capable of arousing deep emotion; "she laid her case of destitution before him in a very moving letter"- N. Hawthorne
unimpressive - not capable of impressing
2.impressive - producing a strong effect; "gave an impressive performance as Othello"; "a telling gesture"
effective, effectual, efficacious - producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"

impressive

adjective grand, striking, splendid, good, great (informal), fine, affecting, powerful, exciting, wonderful, excellent, dramatic, outstanding, stirring, superb, first-class, marvellous (informal), terrific (informal), awesome, world-class, admirable, first-rate, forcible, gee-whizz (slang) The film's special effects are particularly impressive.
ordinary, uninspiring, unimpressive, unmemorable, unimposing, weak

impressive

adjective
Exciting a deep, usually somber response:
Translations
مُؤَثِّرٌمُؤَثِّر، رائِع
působivývnímavý
imponerende
vaikuttava
impresivan
áhrifamikill
印象的な
인상적인
prepričljiv
imponerande
น่าประทับใจ
gây ấn tượng

impressive

[ɪmˈprɛsɪv] adjimpressionnant(e)

impressive

adjbeeindruckend; performance, speech, ceremony, personality alsoeindrucksvoll; (in size) building, person alsoimposant

impressive

[ɪmˈprɛsɪv] adj (person, achievement) → notevole; (occasion, event) → di notevole imponenza; (building) → imponente

impress

(imˈpres) verb
1. to cause feelings of admiration etc in (a person). I was impressed by his good behaviour.
2. (with on or upon) to stress (something to someone). I must impress upon you the need for silence.
3. to fix (a fact etc in the mind). She re-read the plans in order to impress the details on her memory.
4. make (a mark) on something by pressing. a footprint impressed in the sand.
imˈpression (-ʃən) noun
1. the idea or effect produced in someone's mind by a person, experience etc. The film made a great impression on me.
2. a vague idea. I have the impression that he's not pleased.
3. the mark left by an object on another object. The dog left an impression of its paws in the wet cement.
4. a single printing of a book etc.
imˈpressive (-siv) adjective
(negative unimpressive) making a great impression on a person's mind, feelings etc. an impressive ceremony.
imˈpressively adverb
imˈpressiveness noun
be under the impression (that)
to have the (often wrong) feeling or idea that. I was under the impression that you were paying for this meal.

impressive

مُؤَثِّرٌ působivý imponerende beeindruckend εντυπωσιακός admirable vaikuttava impressionnant impresivan impressionante 印象的な 인상적인 indrukwekkend imponerende imponujący impressionante впечатляющий imponerande น่าประทับใจ etkileyici gây ấn tượng 感人的

impressive

a. impresionante.
References in classic literature ?
The gruff tones of Hugo's voice, with an occasional shout when his feelings overcame him, were very impressive, and the audience applauded the moment he paused for breath.
Although his alarming communication was not received without much secret terror by the listeners, his earnest and impressive manner, aided perhaps by the nature of the danger, succeeded in bracing their nerves to undergo some unlooked-for and unusual trial.
His dark, square countenance, with its almost shaggy depth of eyebrows, was naturally impressive, and would, perhaps, have been rather stern, had not the gentleman considerately taken upon himself to mitigate the harsh effect by a look of exceeding good-humor and benevolence.
Pearl still pointed with her forefinger, and a frown gathered on her brow -- the more impressive from the childish, the almost baby-like aspect of the features that conveyed it.
The large, impressive room, one of the best in the house, the great state bed, as I almost felt it, the full, figured draperies, the long glasses in which, for the first time, I could see myself from head to foot, all struck me--like the extraordinary charm of my small charge--as so many things thrown in.
for though it was a most unwonted hour, yet so impressive was the cry, and so deliriously exciting, that almost every soul on board instinctively desired a lowering.
So, though in the clear air of day, suspended against a blue-veined neck, the pure-watered diamond drop will healthful glow; yet, when the cunning jeweller would show you the diamond in its most impressive lustre, he lays it against a gloomy ground, and then lights it up, not by the sun, but by some unnatural gases.
She saw Ruth's husband come in,--saw her fly up to him, and commence whispering very earnestly, ever and anon, with impressive gesture, pointing her little finger toward the room.
When you are going to do a miracle for an ignorant race, you want to get in every detail that will count; you want to make all the properties impressive to the public eye; you want to make matters comfortable for your head guest; then you can turn yourself loose and play your effects for all they are worth.
The women cried over Cathy, so did even those stern warriors, the Rocky Mountain Rangers; Shekels was there, and the Cid, and Sardanapalus, and Potter, and Mongrel, and Sour-Mash, Famine, and Pestilence, and Cathy kissed them all and wept; details of the several arms of the garrison were present to represent the rest, and say good-bye and God bless you for all the soldiery; and there was a special squad from the Seventh, with the oldest veteran at its head, to speed the Seventh's Child with grand honors and impressive ceremonies; and the veteran had a touching speech by heart, and put up his hand in salute and tried to say it, but his lips trembled and his voice broke, but Cathy bent down from the saddle and kissed him on the mouth and turned his defeat to victory, and a cheer went up.
One never tires of poking about in the dense woods that clothe all these lofty Neckar hills to their beguiling and impressive charm in any country; but German legends and fairy tales have given these an added charm.
Then he stepped from the stand, leaving a startled and impressive hush behind him instead of the customary explosion of cheers and party cries.