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[in-floo-en-shuh l] /ˌɪn fluˈɛn ʃəl/
having or exerting influence, especially great influence:
three influential educators.
a person who exerts or can exert strong influence:
according to influentials of the fashion industry.
Origin of influential
1560-70; < Medieval Latin influenti(a) stellar emanation (see influence) + -al1
Related forms
influentially, adverb
noninfluential, adjective
noninfluentially, adverb
overinfluential, adjective
quasi-influential, adjective
quasi-influentially, adverb
uninfluential, adjective
uninfluentially, adverb
1. consequential, forceful, important. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for uninfluential
Historical Examples
  • Mansfield owed nothing to his noble relations, who were poor and uninfluential.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • I did not want to quarrel with anyone, influential or uninfluential.

    The Lady of the Basement Flat Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • A man wholly without prejudice would be powerless and uninfluential.

    The Apostles Ernest Renan
  • She is thoroughly thoughtful, and her religion is not of the uninfluential kind Mary describes.

    More Bywords Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Nor was Varney uninfluential in dissuading her from proclaiming her second marriage till occasion necessitated.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In short, in the whole of Christian Europe, but a few small and uninfluential communities have retained a republican form.

  • Never in any country had a class so weak and uninfluential essayed the rôle of the ruling class.


    John Spargo
  • As yet the Bolsheviki were a very small and uninfluential faction, lacking capable leadership.


    John Spargo
  • And he could not burden himself with a poor, uninfluential girl as a wife, even though the joy of it took them both to heaven.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • We are unattractive, useless, uninfluential, just because we are still childishly craving a private and selfish good.

British Dictionary definitions for uninfluential


having or exerting influence
Derived Forms
influentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uninfluential



"powerful," 1650s, from Medieval Latin influentialis, from influentia (see influence). Earlier in an astrological sense (1560s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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