[im-presh-uh-nuh-buhl, -presh-nuh-]


easily impressed or influenced; susceptible: an impressionable youngster.
capable of being impressed.

Origin of impressionable

1825–35; impression + -able; compare French impressionnable
Related formsim·pres·sion·a·bil·i·ty, im·pres·sion·a·ble·ness, nounim·pres·sion·a·bly, adverbnon·im·pres·sion·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·im·pres·sion·a·ble, adjectivenon·im·pres·sion·a·ble·ness, nouno·ver·im·pres·sion·a·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·im·pres·sion·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·im·pres·sion·a·ble·ness, nouno·ver·im·pres·sion·a·bly, adverbun·im·pres·sion·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedimpressionable impressive

Synonyms for impressionable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for impressionability

Historical Examples of impressionability

  • If there are qualities common to all they are impressionability and capacity for affection.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • Harriet P's impressionability was put to a very useful purpose.

    The Divining Rod

    Charles Latimer

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

  • 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

  • I kept glancing at the faces of the dead cautiously, distrusting my impressionability.

    Short Stories

    Fiodor Dostoievski

British Dictionary definitions for impressionability



easily influenced or characterized by susceptibility to influencean impressionable child; an impressionable age
Derived Formsimpressionability or impressionableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impressionability



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

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