Definition of influential in English:


Line breaks: in|flu¦en|tial
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnflʊˈɛnʃ(ə)l


  • Having great influence on someone or something: her work is influential in feminist psychology
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    • A quarter of a century on, the clergyman remains a powerful and influential figure even in death.
    • So, what do you think is the most important and influential car ever to be sold in Britain?
    • So a handful of votes will determine the direction of the world's most powerful and influential country.
    powerful, authoritative, dominant, controlling, strong; important, prominent, predominant, leading, prestigious, distinguished, noteworthysignificant, important, crucial, pivotal; instrumental, guiding, persuasive, inspiring


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  • An influential person: young influentials networks of influentials
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    • ‘Having said that, there has been some erosion on the part of community influentials, leaders, even some money people,’ he said.
    • Howard's problem is not with ill informed battlers but with politically aware influentials.
    • This right was bestowed on us by emperors, rajas and nawabs (local rulers and influentials in the undivided Indian subcontinent).



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  • Most influentially, Walter Scott managed it here, but did it have the desired result?
  • Both wrote influentially in the mid-1940's and through my reading for this paper, I discovered that they had already articulated the main issues which I was struggling to formulate.
  • Instead these reside in real people; the company's shareholders, employees, customers and, most influentially, senior management.


late 16th century (referring to astral influence): from medieval Latin influentia (see influence).

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