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  1. having or exerting influence, especially great influence: three influential educators.
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  1. 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
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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Examples from the Web for influentially

Historical Examples

  • Few of these factors appear above the threshold of consciousness, though they are continually and influentially operative.

    Nature Mysticism

    J. Edward Mercer

  • This is the story of one of the most far-reaching and influentially naughty things we ever did in our lives.

  • It is our business here to speak, for it is by the tongue that we multiply ourselves most influentially.

  • Thus a second time, as you will presently see, the capitol of my native State had influentially affected the current of my life.

  • The psychology of the judge enters into the consideration as influentially as the psychology of the offender.

British Dictionary definitions for influentially


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



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

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