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 impressionable (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The contagious quality of shootings places a burden on media outlets covering a mass shooting to avoid specific content about the shooter and their motives that may lead impressionable individuals to identify with the shooter. Thomas Gabor, Fortune, "The way we view mass shootings in America is all wrong," 10 May 2021 Reich makes $300,000 a year teaching anti-capitalist bunkum to impressionable young minds — on top of at least $40,000 per hour giving speeches around the country. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Profit Margins Save Lives," 5 May 2021 For an impressionable young quarterback in Jacksonville, Fla., the message was loud and clear., "Bill Belichick and the Patriots have always kept an eye on the future. Now, that future is Mac Jones," 2 May 2021 The unavoidable question is whether for some people this is creating a warped sense of beauty, especially among the youngest and most impressionable. Nathan Smith, ABC News, "What happens when lines blur between real and virtual beauty through filters?," 1 May 2021 An awful example for his young, impressionable teammates. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Love is supposed to be one of Cleveland Cavaliers’ leaders, which makes childish behavior even more unacceptable: Chris Fedor," 27 Apr. 2021 And the interesting thing is Dakota, this impressionable young woman, just doesn't believe that. Dalton Ross,, "Fear the Walking Dead showrunners on staging the 'most heartbreaking ending imaginable'," 12 Apr. 2021 In her first big-screen turn as the overeager and impressionable Kitty Bennet, the younger sister of Jane (Rosamund Pike) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) in Joe Wright’s rhapsodic adaptation of Jane Austen, Mulligan shines. Radhika Seth, Vogue, "13 Films That Prove Carey Mulligan Is One of the Best Actors of Her Generation," 10 Apr. 2021 Then the impressionable children leave and Yuri slashes the painting in question with a knife. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "Good Trouble Recap: Speak Your Truth," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of impressionable

1836, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2021

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“Impressionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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