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[im-presh-uh-nuh-buh l, -presh-nuh-] /ɪmˈprɛʃ ə nə bəl, -ˈprɛʃ nə-/
easily impressed or influenced; susceptible:
an impressionable youngster.
capable of being impressed.
Origin of impressionable
1825-35; impression + -able; compare French impressionnable
Related forms
impressionability, impressionableness, noun
impressionably, adverb
nonimpressionability, noun
nonimpressionable, adjective
nonimpressionableness, noun
overimpressionability, noun
overimpressionable, adjective
overimpressionableness, noun
overimpressionably, adverb
unimpressionable, adjective
Can be confused
impressionable, impressive.
1. receptive, responsive, suggestible. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impressionable
  • It would be unfortunate if impressionable readers relied on this myth to justify continued smoking.
  • And he is often far more impressionable than he dare admit.
  • Imagine an impressionable coworker stumbling in on that scene.
  • The problem here is that all of the impressionable listeners start copying these annoying phrases.
  • Such statements suggest to the impressionable mind that society might somehow condone the deeds described.
  • impressionable members of society can hardly be blamed for getting hooked.
  • The poor dears were no doubt imprinted at an impressionable age.
  • And if all this trendy eco-babble converts a few impressionable clubbers to the cause, so much the better.
  • They may be impressionable but they're far from naive.
  • No matter, because his impressionable cherubs obviously did.
British Dictionary definitions for impressionable


/ɪmˈprɛʃənəbəl; -ˈprɛʃnə-/
easily influenced or characterized by susceptibility to influence: an impressionable child, an impressionable age
Derived Forms
impressionability, impressionableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impressionable

1836, formed on French model, from impression + -able. Earlier was impressible (1620s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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