[ in-floo-en-shuhl ]
/ 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.


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Origin of influential

1560–70; < Medieval Latin influenti(a) stellar emanation (see influence) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM influential Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for influential

/ (ˌɪnflʊˈɛnʃəl) /


having or exerting influence

Derived forms of influential

influentially, adverb
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