Definition of impressionable in US English:



  • Easily influenced because of a lack of critical ability.

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