influential

adjective
in·​flu·​en·​tial | \ ˌin-(ˌ)flü-ˈen(t)-shəl \

Definition of influential

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: exerting or possessing influence

influential

noun

Definition of influential (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who has great influence

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Other Words from influential

Adjective

influentially \ ˌin-​(ˌ)flü-​ˈen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for influential

Synonyms: Adjective

authoritative, forceful, weighty

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Examples of influential in a Sentence

Adjective

His theories have become more influential in recent years. My parents have been the most influential people in my life.

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It was directed by one of the most important and influential visual artists in film history, and the plot foretold the invention of virtual reality decades ahead of its time. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 Where: Blissed Yoga Retreats, Siem Reap Cambodia What: Manifest personal health and happiness through daily holistic yoga, taught by two of Los Angeles’s most accomplished and influential teachers, Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 17 Dec. 2018 Despite a complicated family legacy, Joe Jackson helped birth some of the most innovative, influential, and iconic music of the past 50-plus years. refinery29.com, "Before Matthew Knowles, There Was Joe Jackson," 27 June 2018 His work was far-reaching and influential -- and while his voice will be deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country. CBS News, "Charles Krauthammer, longtime conservative columnist and Fox News personality, dead at 68," 22 June 2018 Menczer and his colleagues found evidence of a class of bots that deliberately targeted influential people on Twitter. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: It only takes a few seconds for bots to spread misinformation," 21 Nov. 2018 Flores is an influential figure in her own right, and has served in congress as well as a constitutional assembly that has expansive powers. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Trump: Venezuelan socialist president easily toppled," 25 Sep. 2018 In addition to a huge digital media presence, its leaders travel around the world to meet with prominent politicians and other influential people and promote this horrifying story. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Trump’s tweet echoing white nationalist propaganda about South African farmers, explained," 23 Aug. 2018 Much of the credit for the American right’s victory on Monday goes to Leonard Leo, a highly influential figure in the Federalist Society, the flagship of the conservative legal movement. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Watershed Moment in American History," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of influential

Adjective

1570, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined above

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influential

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of influential

: having the power to cause changes : having influence

influential

adjective
in·​flu·​en·​tial | \ ˌin-flü-ˈen-shəl \

Kids Definition of influential

: having the power to cause change : having influence

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