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.
Recent Examples on the Web But there were better models of professional behavior to put in the locker next to an impressionable rookie than Hardy. David Moore, Dallas News, "Cowboys’ reclamation projects range from Charles Haley to Greg Hardy. What does Aldon Smith’s future hold?," 3 Apr. 2020 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. Christian Holub,, "The 15 best episodes of Community," 3 Apr. 2020 Yet the story was so superbly written that readers – especially an impressionable college student and aspiring sports journalist – desperately wanted to believe it. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Day 21 without sports 🃏: The day George Plimpton fooled the entire sports world with Sidd Finch," 1 Apr. 2020 Officials consulted with the aid recipients on several issues but preferred to work with inexperienced and impressionable youths who could speak Hindi or English. Scientific American, "How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People," 25 Mar. 2020 Literacy Lesson of the Week RuPaul appeared as himself in this sketch set at a public library, where he had been invited to read to impressionable kids and their loving parents. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "‘S.N.L.’ Takes Aim at the Democratic Debate and Trump’s Acquittal," 9 Feb. 2020 College campuses, full of impressionable young minds open to new ideas, are a favorite target, receiving about one-fourth of the propaganda against minority groups like immigrants, blacks, Jews, Muslims and members of the LGBTQ community. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "An invasion of propaganda: Experts warn that white supremacist messages are seeping into mainstream," 14 Feb. 2020 To take impressionable young minds and impress them with my many art eccentricities and biases — that’s irresistible. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Yale Teaches World Art," 6 Feb. 2020 Much of the book is a meandering set of wildly optimistic forecasts, powered more by an impressionable sense of patriotism than any relevant data. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "2020 is here, not India’s predicted superpowers," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of impressionable

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Impressionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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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