Definition of impressionable in English:



  • Easily influenced:

    ‘a girl of eighteen is highly impressionable’
    • ‘Defence barristers said they were vulnerable and impressionable young men who had been offered cash to sell the drugs.’
    • ‘I know some things get said about the media influencing the behaviour of impressionable minds, but I'm not so sure.’
    • ‘I entreat all of you who have any sort of influence over impressionable young minds to introduce them to the great bands of the past.’
    • ‘One might say that impressionable young men recklessly believe what their officers tell them.’
    • ‘When such ideas are allowed to stand, they take root among the impressionable or those predisposed to think the worst.’
    • ‘He is not impressionable, controllable, or easily influenced like a younger boy would be.’
    • ‘She was a naive and impressionable young girl, with little life experience behind her.’
    • ‘But I was young and impressionable… was it so wrong of me to be influenced by another?’
    • ‘Watching him mimic my actions has made me realise how easily impressionable he is.’
    • ‘Watching all those movies at such an impressionable age, I always wanted to grow up to be Cary Grant.’
    • ‘My thoughts immediately turned to Laurent, whom I met during my impressionable university years.’
    • ‘The mind of a fourteen year old is impressionable, clearly.’
    • ‘Maybe the problems arose when the players became less impressionable as they got a little bit older and weren't so willing to listen.’
    • ‘It can have a lasting effect on people, especially when they're at an impressionable age.’
    • ‘Many kids see these stars as role models, and above all they are at an impressionable age.’
    • ‘At the impressionable ages between 13 and 16 peer pressure is the biggest influence.’
    • ‘I also thought about the influence that celebrities have on young impressionable teeny boppers.’
    • ‘More than half our population is youth who are at a very impressionable age.’
    • ‘He had grown into quite a handsome young man and found that, if his targets were young and impressionable enough, he could appear charming.’
    • ‘Many of his listeners are of an impressionable age and take the words of a popular media figure to be gospel truth.’
    easily influenced, easily led, suggestible, susceptible, receptive, persuadable, pliable, malleable, pliant, mouldable
    vulnerable, exploitable, ingenuous, trusting, naive, credulous, gullible
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Mid 19th century: from French, from impressionner, from Latin impressio(n-), from the verb imprimere press into (see imprint).