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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 impressionability
Historical Examples
  • Some things were imparted to her without her asking or wishing, and merely in virtue of her youth and impressionability.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • If there are qualities common to all they are impressionability and capacity for affection.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • impressionability is one of the conditions of the creative faculty: the sensitive mind is the only mind that invents.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Harriet P's impressionability was put to a very useful purpose.

    The Divining Rod Charles Latimer
  • Well, my impressionability towards music has very much lessened.

  • It will depend on the size of the calculus, on the point where impacted, and on the impressionability of the subject.

  • When one has lived here for years and years, one's impressionability gets hardened.

    Cape of Storms Percival Pollard
  • He was not only sensitive, he was just come to the passion and impressionability of full-blooded young manhood.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • What corresponds in it to the sensibility of the animal is the impressionability, quite of its kind, of its chlorophyl light.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • I kept glancing at the faces of the dead cautiously, distrusting my impressionability.

    Short Stories Fiodor Dostoievski
British Dictionary definitions for impressionability


/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 impressionability



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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