im·​pres·​sion·​able | \im-ˈpre-sh(ə-)nə-bəl \

Definition of impressionable 

: capable of being easily impressed

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impressionability \ im-​ˌpre-​sh(ə-​)nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ 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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Professional athletes, like veteran employees inside a company, are not impressionable teenagers. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Steve Kerr, the Golden State Warriors, and the Art of Sharing Power," 4 May 2018 Fans are calling out Kardashian West for promoting an unhealthy product to young, impressionable fans. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West's Instagram Ad For An Appetite Suppressant Sparks Outrage," 16 May 2018 The house was built in 1883 by an impressionable 23-year-old man named Legare H. Foster. Bo Emerson, ajc, "Architectural gem rescued by Madison conservancy," 13 July 2018 The bit was so impressionable that one group of political scientists suggested it may've actually affected Palin and John McCain's performance in the 2008 presidential election. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "16 Times Women Changed the Game on Saturday Night Live," 27 June 2018 And many medical residency programs still see their trainees as at-will employees rather than as highly talented assets in the most impressionable stages of their careers, employees who require a significant investment of resources to develop fully. Timothy J. Hoff, STAT, "Medical training programs need to care about physician burnout. Should the rest of us?," 21 June 2018 Top-down curricular mandates hamstring teachers from utilizing materials appropriate for the intellectual and emotional maturity of their class and from finding more effective ways to connect with impressionable minds., "Should the Legislature adopt the bill aimed at modernizing sex education in Massachusetts?," 1 June 2018 In barely literate fashion, this shaper of impressionable young minds displayed her venomous hatred. John Kass,, "Barbara Bush, a great lady of a lost age," 18 Apr. 2018 But Yale had been young and impressionable, and maybe that’s why the reciting of names chafed. Rebecca Makkai,, "An excerpt from 'The Great Believers' by Rebecca Makkai: 1985," 21 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of impressionable

: easy to impress or influence impressionable teenagers

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playful or foolish behavior

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