impressionistically

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

impressionistic +‎ -ally

Adverb[edit]

impressionistically (comparative more impressionistically, superlative most impressionistically)

  1. In an impressionistic manner.
    • 1909, William James, A Pluralistic Universe[1]:
      I make no claim to understanding it, I treat it merely impressionistically.
    • 1914, Ada Leverson, Bird of Paradise[2]:
      Bertha's description of her as having flat red hair, a receding chin and long ear-rings was impressionistically accurate.
    • 2005 May 27, Keith Harris, “Wish That I Knew What I Know Now”, Chicago Reader:
      Separation Sunday and The Sunset Tree both work because their story cycles are composed not with conventional conflict-and-resolution plot mechanics but of emotional snapshots that work together impressionistically.