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  1. 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 formsin·flu·en·tial·ly, adverbnon·in·flu·en·tial, adjectivenon·in·flu·en·tial·ly, adverbo·ver·in·flu·en·tial, adjectivequa·si-in·flu·en·tial, adjectivequa·si-in·flu·en·tial·ly, adverbun·in·flu·en·tial, adjectiveun·in·flu·en·tial·ly, adverb

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  1. having or exerting influence
Derived Formsinfluentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for influential

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

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