[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 unimpressionable

Historical Examples of unimpressionable

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for unimpressionable



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 unimpressionable



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

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