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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 ?
At last I can do justice to the exquisite conception of his 'Conquest of Granada', a study of history which, in unique measure, conveys not only the pathos, but the humor of one of the most splendid and impressive situations in the experience of the race.
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.
The Lion of Lucerne would be impressive anywhere, but nowhere so impressive as where he is.
Then he described the oath which every member of that small remnant of a noble body took, and which was of a dreadful and impressive kind; binding him, at the bidding of his chief, to resist and obstruct the Lord Mayor, sword-bearer, and chaplain; to despise the authority of the sheriffs; and to hold the court of aldermen as nought; but not on any account, in case the fulness of time should bring a general rising of 'prentices, to damage or in any way disfigure Temple Bar, which was strictly constitutional and always to be approached with reverence.
Bumble, raising his hands and eyes with most impressive solemnite.
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.
Probably the spectators are more conscious of the impressive meaning of it all than the brave young people themselves.
It was an impressive and beautiful ceremony, I presume, but to me it seemed the most fiendish sight I had ever witnessed, and as the ornaments were adjusted upon her beautiful figure and her collar of gold swung open in the hands of Than Kosis I raised my long-sword above my head, and, with the heavy hilt, I shattered the glass of the great window and sprang into the midst of the astonished assemblage.
"Doubtless," said the Philosopher to himself, as he walked away, "the wisdom of fools is no deeper nor truer than ours, but they really do seem to have a more impressive way of imparting it."
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.