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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
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  • Tony Cornish had also been young in those days, and impressionable.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • She was an impressionable young person and her papa was very wealthy.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It is better for mankind to be impressionable than reflective.

    Notes on My Books Joseph Conrad
  • He was a younger man than Lockwood, with an impressionable erudition.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • I was at a most impressionable age when I was transplanted to the new soil.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
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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