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influent

[ in-floo-uhnt ]
/ ˈɪn flu ənt /
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adjective
flowing in.
noun
a tributary.
Ecology. a plant or animal that has an important effect on the biotic balance in a community.
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Origin of influent

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin influent- (stem of influēns) inflowing. See in-2, fluent
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How to use influent in a sentence

  • The meeting point of these two natures is the mind, the causal nature being influent and the apparent nature being effluent.

    The Concept of Nature|Alfred North Whitehead
  • We had thus examined each of its three mouths, and settled all doubts as to the Rusizi being an effluent or influent.

    How I Found Livingstone|Henry M. Stanley

British Dictionary definitions for influent

influent
/ (ˈɪnflʊənt) /

adjective Also: inflowing
flowing in
noun
something flowing in, esp a tributary
ecology an organism that has a major effect on the nature of its community
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