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impressionistic Syllabification: im·pres·sion·is·tic
Pronunciation: /imˌpreSHəˈnistik/

Definition of impressionistic in English:


1Based on subjective reactions presented unsystematically: a personal and impressionistic view of the war
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  • Washington runs on statistics, but most Americans operate based on more impressionistic judgments.
  • Quantitative researchers sometimes criticize qualitative research as being too impressionistic and subjective.
  • The former is subjective and impressionistic; the latter can be itemised, weighed, measured, or examined down the microscope.
2 (also Impressionistic) In the style of impressionism: an impressionistic portrait
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  • Others followed - including artists of the Symbolist, Art Nouveau and Impressionistic styles who used the flame as a means for creative expression.
  • Stevens also painted seascapes and coastal scenes in a more Impressionistic style similar to that of Boudin and Jongkind.
  • In a market where a ‘minor Monet’ fetches $28 million, many of today's artists who paint in the Impressionistic style benefit from the appeal of the original masters' art and enjoy commercial success for their own works.


Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • The photographs-typical, odd, hypnotizing - were impressionistically combined with fragmentary recordings of conversations among people flipping through their own family albums.
  • Within this framework the essays move impressionistically back and forth with little attention to, or interest in, specific chronology.
  • The total population of England in 1600 was probably fairly close to 4.1 million (and Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, much more impressionistically, 1.9 million).
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