Etymology
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impressive (adj.)

1590s, "capable of being easily impressed" (a sense now rare or obsolete), from impress (v.1) + -ive. Meaning "capable of making an impression on the mind or senses, tending to excite attention and feeling" is from 1775. Related: Impressively; impressiveness.

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Definitions of impressive

impressive (adj.)
making a strong or vivid impression;
an impressive ceremony
impressive (adj.)
producing a strong effect;
gave an impressive performance as Othello
Synonyms: telling
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