im·​pres·​sion·​able | \ im-ˈpre-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce impressionable (audio) \

Definition of impressionable

: capable of being easily impressed

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impressionability \ im-​ˌpre-​sh(ə-​)nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impressionability (audio) \ noun

Examples of impressionable in a Sentence

The teacher was accused of forcing his political beliefs on impressionable teenagers. The book had a profound effect on his impressionable young mind.

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Forced to join a mentorship program, two irresponsible men must help a pair of impressionable boys navigate the troubled waters of youth. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 To the impressionable Tester, obscurity would be a tragedy. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Jawline,” Reviewed: A Chilling Look at the Making of a Teen Influencer," 27 Aug. 2019 All those factors—the social media craze, impressionable population, easy access to jump points, and lack of regulations—likely played a role in the high number of wingsuiter deaths in 2016. National Geographic, "Has the world's deadliest sport become safer? It's complicated.," 21 Aug. 2019 The draft reiterates these themes group-by-group, advising teachers on how best to inculcate their impressionable students, and includes direct political propagandizing, such as citing President Donald Trump’s policies as examples of subjugation. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: California’s ethnic studies political time bomb explodes," 11 Aug. 2019 Rand’s philosophical glorification of laissez-faire capitalism and heroic individualism—in the minds of impressionable youth. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, "The Last of the Ayn Rand Acolytes," 14 Aug. 2019 On the show, the actor, painter and screenwriter portrays a lovable and kind Mr. Rogers-like television character called Mr. Pickles who uses puppets to teach wisdom and lessons to impressionable young minds. Eric Todisco,, "Jim Carrey Calls Ariana Grande 'a Breath of Fresh Air' After Working Together on Kidding," 2 Aug. 2019 The rise reflects hate group's efforts to recruit young, impressionable minds, ADL chief executive officer Jonathan Greenblatt said. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Recruiting hate: White supremacist propaganda rises for third straight year on college campuses, ADL says," 27 June 2019 The problem is especially pronounced among adolescents like Burton, who are both impressionable and cowed by authority. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This psychologist explains why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of impressionable

1836, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of impressionable

: easy to influence


im·​pres·​sion·​able | \ im-ˈpre-shə-nə-bəl How to pronounce impressionable (audio) \

Kids Definition of impressionable

: easy to impress or influence impressionable teenagers

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