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

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • If he is young, he likes brilliance; old, he is unimpressionable.

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

    The Warden

    Anthony Trollope
  • There were a dozen women she might have had with her, unimpressionable women.

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

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • Eyes which show no lines when in sorrow or laughter denote a passionless and unimpressionable nature.

  • "This is an immense improvement on shooting the unimpressionable Fuzzy in the open," said Dick, from his place in the corner.

  • He was a man of rather phlegmatic and unimpressionable temperament, but thoroughly honourable and trustworthy.

    The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • Joey, now unimpressionable, endured more placidly than even Dave Burge.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • This made itself perceptible even to the toughened and unimpressionable nerves of Inspector Dunbar.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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