influential
I. adjective Date: 1570 exerting or possessing influence • influentially adverb II. noun Date: 1831 one who has great influence

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  • influential — UK US /ˌɪnfluˈenʃəl/ adjective ► able to influence someone or something: »an influential group/figure/leader »He has managed to play an influential role in Washington for a quarter of a century. influential in (doing) sth »Foucault has been… …   Financial and business terms

  • Influential — In flu*en tial ([i^]n fl[ u]*[e^]n shal), a. [See {Influence}.] Exerting or possessing influence or power; potent; efficacious; effective; strong; having authority or ascendency; as, an influential man, station, argument, etc. [1913 Webster] A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • influential — I adjective authoritative, cogent, commanding, consequential, controlling, convincing, determinative, distinguished, dominant, domineering, effective, effectual, efficacious, eminent, empowered, esteemed, foremost, governing, gravis, hegemonic,… …   Law dictionary

  • influential — powerful, 1650s, from M.L. influentialis, from influentia (see INFLUENCE (Cf. influence)). Earlier in an astrological sense (1560s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • influential — [adj] effective, powerful affecting, authoritative, big gun*, big wheel*, controlling, dominant, efficacious, famous, forcible, governing, guiding, hot dog*, important, impressive, inspiring, instrumental, leading, major league*, meaningful,… …   New thesaurus

  • influential — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having great influence. DERIVATIVES influentially adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • influential — [in΄flo͞o en′shəl] adj. [ML influentialis] having or exerting influence, esp. great influence; powerful; effective influentially adv …   English World dictionary

  • influential — in|flu|en|tial [ ,ınflu enʃəl ] adjective ** able to influence the way other people think or behave: The study looks at the influential role of professional athletes in public life. He is one of the most influential figures in the government.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • influential */*/ — UK [ˌɪnfluˈenʃ(ə)l] / US [ˌɪnfluˈenʃəl] adjective able to influence the way other people think or behave He is one of the most influential figures in the government. The study looks at the influential role of professional athletes in public life …   English dictionary

  • influential — [[t]ɪ̱nflue̱nʃ(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ in ing Someone or something that is influential has a lot of influence over people or events. It helps to have influential friends. ...the influential position of president of the chamber... He had been …   English dictionary

  • influential — adjective having a lot of influence and therefore changing the way people think and behave: an influential politician | influential in doing sth: Dewey was influential in shaping economic policy. | highly influential: a highly influential art… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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