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  • adj. Having impact.


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From impact +‎ -ful


  • See, though I hate how lazy our society has become with language - "impactful" is NOT a word people, despite its use by Corporate America, and "Yea" is NOT spelled Y-A-Y, good God don't get me started - I am still in need every now and then of a review of the basics.

    My mechanic Steve

  • I mean, this doesn't sound like anything kind of near-term impactful at all, maybe 2 or 3 years out.

  • To make the execution of the idea impactful and challenging, the demonstration has to be taken as far as it can go by showing that even the worst individuals can become good people by donating their organs.


  • You could trip over it, and that would be "impactful," a word I always trip over because I get nauseous just thinking about it.

    Lee Schneider: The Problem with Living Pure

  • Stadum was "impactful," all right, helping Neil Goldschmidt and Peter Kohler nearly bankrupt both OHSU and the City of Portland.

    Jack Bog's Blog: August 2009 Archives

  • Point out that the meeting you're heading for isn't immediately "impactful" on you but if it's important to your superior that you're there, you'll put off finishing the assigned task until later.

    Marc Hershon: Healthy Hating

  • You won't find "impactful" in the OED, not yet, anyway, and it's a descriptive dictionary.

    My mechanic Steve

  • (God, I hate the word "impactful," but it was a buzz word for us.)


  • I first heard "impactful" in the early 80s in a management seminar.

    My mechanic Steve

  • I had a boss in advertising years ago, who said that empathy was the key to creating relevant, "impactful" ads.



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