Definition of "impressionistic" []

  • Of, relating to, or practicing impressionism. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or predicated on impression as opposed to reason or fact: impressionistic memories of early childhood. (adjective)
  • Impressionable. (adjective)
  • Any of the French painters of the late 19th century who were exponents of impressionism (noun)

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  • Any artist, composer, or writer who uses impressionism (noun)
  • An entertainer who impersonates famous people (noun)
  • Denoting, of, or relating to impressionism or the exponents of this style (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "impressionistic" in a sentence
  • "On the radio, he presents his ­observations about the marsh in short, impressionistic essays."
  • "It is the prime example of Colette's prose style, which has been described as impressionistic in reference to its precise, sensual style whose economy also strikes the reader as elliptical."
  • "I have no knowledge of Marx, and have been criticized by Marxist historians for having a historical approach that they have described as impressionistic and unsystematic."