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

Synonyms for influential Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for uninfluential

Historical Examples of uninfluential

  • Mansfield owed nothing to his noble relations, who were poor and uninfluential.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for uninfluential


  1. having or exerting influence
Derived Formsinfluentially, 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).

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