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[im-pres-iv] /ɪmˈprɛs ɪv/

having the ability to the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable:
an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.
capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc; awe-inspiring; commanding

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.


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