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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Kids their age are the most impressionable group there is, Obama reminded friends at the time, likening them to sponges. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Where Is Barack Obama?," 24 June 2018 Similar to the vacillating track, the video moves quickly through the good and the bad, giving a realistic and relatable snapshot of someone taking stock of their most impressionable memories. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "ROZES & Nicky Romero Take It Way Back in the Video for 'Where Would We Be': Exclusive," 24 May 2018 However, teenage Astrid was very impressionable, impetuous, and tempestuous. Aja Romano, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ mid-credits scene is brief, but very revealing," 18 Aug. 2018 But never before have celebrities and brands had the ability to telegraph their dubious advice on dieting into the phones of millions of impressionable young people at once. Allie Conti, Marie Claire, "How Are Appetite Suppressing Lollipops Still a Thing?," 5 Oct. 2018 As an impressionable little boy, Jean Paul Gaultier watched a flickering black-and-white television transmission of a show from Paris’s legendary music hall, the Folies Bergère. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show at the Folies Bergere," 1 Oct. 2018 Many echoed Givens's predictions that the show could cause many impressionable young viewers to not only devalue themselves based on weight and physical appearance but also to potentially turn to destructive behaviors, such as disordered eating. Andrea Park, Allure, "Why People Are Calling on Netflix to Cancel Insatiable, Its "Toxic" New Series About a Plus-Size Teen," 20 July 2018 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

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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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