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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Making a strong or vivid impression; striking or remarkable: an impressive ceremony.

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Making, or tending to make, an impression; having power to impress; adapted to excite attention and feeling, to touch the sensibilities, or affect the conscience; as, an impressive discourse; an impressive scene.
  • adj. Capable of being impressed.
  • adj. appealing

the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making, or tending to make, an impression; having power to impress; adapted to excite attention and feeling, to touch the sensibilities, or affect the conscience
  • adj. Capable of being impressed.

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making or tending to make an impression; having the power of affecting or of exciting attention and feeling; adapted to touch the feelings or the conscience: as, an impressive discourse; an impressive scene.
  • Capable of being impressed; susceptible; impressible.
  • Synonyms Moving, stirring, affecting, touching, powerful.
  • In psychology, directed inward; producing an internal effect, or carrying a meaning for the subject of the experience: opposed to expressive. See method of expression .

WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. producing a strong effect
  • adj. making a strong or vivid impression

Word Usage

" On the call, the British officers discussed efforts to assist U.S. investigations into hackers, some of whom are also facing charges in the U.K. They discussed what they described as impressive investigative work to recover data from hard drives of suspects. "

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