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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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  • With his impressionable nature, an atmosphere of wealth and luxury might have paralysed his mental activity.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
  • In this environment Kociuszko spent the most impressionable period of his youth.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
  • The more you let a nervous, impressionable child alone, the better.

  • The boy was in his most impressionable years, and was left to face the music alone.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
  • A favourite device of his with an impressionable patient is to name the exact hour of their cure.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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