impressionable

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

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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

impressionable

adjective
  1. 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
adj.

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

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