impressionable

adjective

im·​pres·​sion·​able im-ˈpre-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce impressionable (audio)
: capable of being easily impressed
impressionability 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 Taking impressionable Quentin Tarantino fans and introducing them to the work of Louis Malle is about as good an introduction to critically studying film as anyone could ask for. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 6 Mar. 2024 Although criticized for promoting an unrealistic body type for impressionable young girls, Barbie, and the related products, have been wildly popular for decades. Sari Beth Rosenberg, Parents, 5 Mar. 2024 Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection 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, 3 Mar. 2024 Researchers say such scenes especially imperil impressionable young people, who may overlook the legions of studies that confirm the ill effects of tobacco use. USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2024 Related The people most susceptible to parasocial relationships are typically younger (and more impressionable), and/or have a dearth of personal relationships. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 25 Feb. 2024 Unfortunately, as the impressionable Moon meets gloomy Saturn in your social sector, your friends could be quick to point out holes in your plan. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 10 Feb. 2024 Their statement followed a Congressional hearing on social media, during which Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel were among those whom senators called out for the impacts their platforms have on the general public, especially young and impressionable people. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 How can the child possibly forge a path for himself if his own father — his strongest role model and a tender presence at home — normalizes this kind of activity from such an impressionable age? Peter Debruge, Variety, 29 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impressionable was in 1836

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“Impressionable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impressionable. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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impressionable

adjective
im·​pres·​sion·​able im-ˈpresh-(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce impressionable (audio)
: easy to impress or influence
impressionability noun

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