- having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable: an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.
- not capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etcan unimpressive performance
- capable of impressing, esp by size, magnificence, etc; awe-inspiring; commanding
adj.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.