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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 unimpressionable
Historical Examples
  • There were a dozen women she might have had with her, unimpressionable women.

  • Again that picture came to him—unimpressionable as his life had rendered him.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • Eyes which show no lines when in sorrow or laughter denote a passionless and unimpressionable nature.

  • He was bright as a diamond, and as cutting, and also as unimpressionable.

    The Warden Anthony Trollope
  • They 'were soon speculating on the unimpressionable house in its clump of wood midway below, which had no response for anxieties.

  • But unimpressionable natures are not so soon softened, nor are natural antipathies so readily eradicated.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • These profound woods conveyed nothing to his unimpressionable mind; not even danger, for fear was quite foreign to his nature.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • This made itself perceptible even to the toughened and unimpressionable nerves of Inspector Dunbar.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • This tranquillity of spirit owed nothing to an unimpressionable mind or a thick skin.

  • Even the most stoical, unimpressionable men in the party looked at each other in bewilderment and—awe, there was no doubt of it.

    Truxton King George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for unimpressionable


/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 unimpressionable



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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