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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The trial featured days of testimony about the group’s brutal tactics — including torture and beheadings — as well as its notoriously slick propaganda campaigns aimed at impressionable Americans. Jason Meisner,, "Federal jury convicts two suburban friends of aiding ISIS," 20 June 2019 Who better to help Chelsea's young, impressionable players with how to live their lives?, "6 Other Chelsea Old Boys the Blues Should Definitely Hire for Off-Field Roles," 28 June 2019 In what could have been a lost season for Cueto and the Giants, the right-hander has devoted his time to giving dozens of impressionable young players guidance. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Johnny Cueto’s investment in the future mirrors Giants’ investment in Cueto," 22 June 2019 Now he was concerned that the man was dropping Sivan’s name to impressionable youngsters. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Troye Sivan’s Coming of Age," 17 June 2019 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

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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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