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

Definition of impressionable

: capable of being easily impressed

Other Words from impressionable

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 While some experts are skeptical that the Kremlin’s grand plans will quickly bear fruit, even ahead of the new school year the potency of its propaganda in changing the minds of impressionable youngsters was already becoming apparent. New York Times, 16 July 2022 This kind of talk bred insecurity and made her impressionable. New York Times, 25 June 2022 Lawrence is correct: Bauer isn’t a kindergarten teacher — his sphere of influence as a pro ballplayer extends far beyond one classroom to millions of fans — including impressionable children who idolize pro athletes. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Today’s economy is highly impressionable—even a small influence can change the needs of the market and the ecosystem in which businesses operate. Jonathan Cardella, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The outcry over what some viewed as lewd and otherwise offensive images in math books meant for impressionable minds comes as China has tightened its grip on ideological content and sensitive history in textbooks. New York Times, 31 May 2022 Consequently, gone are the days when White supremacist groups had to depend on recruitment strategies such as physically canvasing college campuses for young impressionable minds that would follow their lead. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 27 May 2022 And as for Kate’s impressionable younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran)? Radhika Seth, Vogue, 22 May 2022 Social media is filled with toxic beauty advice, much of which impacts impressionable youth. Dory Jackson,, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of impressionable

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Impressionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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