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impressionable Line breaks: im|pres¦sion|able
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈprɛʃ(ə)nəb(ə)l/

Definition of impressionable in English:


Easily influenced: a girl of eighteen is highly impressionable
More example sentences
  • I entreat all of you who have any sort of influence over impressionable young minds to introduce them to the great bands of the past.
  • I know some things get said about the media influencing the behaviour of impressionable minds, but I'm not so sure.
  • Watching him mimic my actions has made me realise how easily impressionable he is.
vulnerable, exploitable, ingenuous, trusting, naive, credulous, gullible


Pronunciation: /ɪmprɛʃ(ə)nəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • The display is not on the grounds of a public school, where, given the impressionability of the young, government must exercise particular care in separating church and state.
  • As one acquaintance remarked, Pater cultivated ‘a wise, grave passiveness, a gentle susceptibility, a kind of soft impressionability… I never remember a single unkind criticism or remark ’.
  • The alleged superior receptiveness or impressionability of the little girl endows her with a fluidity of viewpoint particularly suited to the urban environment and with a greater capacity to sustain and recode the shocks it affords.
Example sentences
  • By the end things get a little overly sappy, but this is a teenage romance - who among us wasn't a little mushy at that impressionably young age?
  • I read this when I was impressionably young, and then again and again since.


Mid 19th century: from French, from impressionner, from Latin impressio(n-), from the verb imprimere 'press into' (see imprint).

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