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Impressive, as in size, power, or accomplishment: an imposing mansion; an imposing array of skills. See Synonyms at grand.

im·pos′ing·ly adv.
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Adv.1.imposingly - in an impressive manner; "the students progressed impressively fast"
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Real strength never impairs beauty or harmony, but it often bestows it; and in everything imposingly beautiful, strength has much to do with the magic.
The first was a sky- blue, in the vain expectation that the eye might be cheated into the belief it was the heavens themselves that hung so imposingly over Marmaduke’s dwelling; the second was what he called a “cloud-color,” being nothing more nor less than an imitation of smoke; the third was what Richard termed an invisible green, an experiment that did not succeed against a background of sky.
I hold but little discourse except with one and then chiefly of my own affairs," returned the old man, without the least observable apprehension, and pointing imposingly upward; "a Judge; and Judge of all.
His beard flowed imposingly downwards, out of sight, be tween the two brown hands gripping the edge of the table, and his persistent glance made sombre by the wide dilations of the pupils, fascinated.
Not imposingly long, it requires you to thread an accurate tee shot along the right of a left-to-right dog leg, opening up a second shot to a sloping green guarded well by an attractive lake.
Sights that are not to be missed include the iconic Blue Mosque, towering imposingly over the city, with its glorious minarets and domes.
Furthermore, since the end of the 19th century, when this photo was taken, a new structure has become visible: a recently-built bridge stands imposingly behind the eroding water mills.
The sand stretches as far as the eye can see, cliffs rising imposingly behind and to the sides.
In Humphrey Davies' sparely poetic translation, Gate of the Sun is an imposingly rich and realistic novel, a genuine masterwork.
Of course, bigger hurdles like tuition, child care, transportation and housing can stand more imposingly in the way of getting a degree.
Lexus' trademark 'spindle' grille sits imposingly beneath a long, low bonnet, while a sharp character line runs along the sills before kicking up through the rear wheel arches to meet the swooping, coupe-style roofline along the boot lid.
They provide imposingly tangible evidence that something is being done about migration.