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

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

from 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

from 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.

from 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 .

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

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

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