[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 impressionable

Contemporary Examples of impressionable

Historical Examples of impressionable

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for impressionable



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 impressionable

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

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