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From impressionist + -ic or impression + -istic.
impressionistic (comparative more impressionistic, superlative most impressionistic)
- Pertaining to or characterized by impressionism.
- Based on subjective reactions or feelings; not systematically researched or arrived at.
- 2014, James Lambert, “Diachronic stability in Indian English lexis”, in World Englishes, page 124:
- Also, it must be remembered that claims made by Kindersley and Goffin were impressionistic, as opposed to being based on modern linguistic data collection and analysis methods.
- Based on impression rather than reason or fact; based on trying to impress somebody rather than trying for accuracy.
relating to impressionism
- “impressionistic”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “impressionistic”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.