Definition of influential in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinflo͞oˈen(t)SH(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, dominant, controlling, strong, authoritative, persuasive;
important, affluential, prominent, distinguished, eminent
instrumental, significant, important, crucial, pivotal


(usually influentials)
An influential person.
Example sentences
  • ‘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).



Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with influential

cadential, confidential, consequential, credential, deferential, differential, essential, evidential, existential, experiential, exponential, intelligential, irreverential, jurisprudential, penitential, pestilential, potential, preferential, presidential, providential, prudential, quintessential, referential, residential, reverential, sapiential, sciential, sentential, sequential, tangential, torrential

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Syllabification: in·flu·en·tial

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