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

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from influential

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for influential

Synonyms: Adjective

heavy, heavy-duty, important, mighty, potent, powerful, puissant, significant, strong

Antonyms: Adjective

helpless, impotent, insignificant, little, powerless, unimportant, weak

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Carrying white supremacist materials exposes Amazon to serious public relations risks, particularly as such groups are seen as increasingly influential and toxic to world politics. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Amazon Sold Books, Backpacks, and Toys Promoting Hate to Kids, Report Shows," 7 July 2018 Arrayed against this nostalgia are two sources of dissent, the first more objectionable and the second more influential. The Economist, "The legacy of Germany’s student protests in 1968," 31 May 2018 Gaudi’s audacious designs were shocking in the early years but are now considered to be some of the most influential of the twentieth century. Houston Chronicle, "City pool opens for summer; extensive renovations complete," 26 May 2018 And then came 1974, and the publication of one of the most important and influential novels in the history of young adult literature. Michael Cart, Smithsonian, "How “Young Adult” Fiction Blossomed With Teenage Culture in America," 7 May 2018 The Blooloop 50 is designed to be an industry standard highlighting the most influential people each year. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New list spotlights theme-park influencers, including Rohde, Iger, Coup," 11 July 2018 Time Magazine has revealed 25 of the most influential people on the Internet. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Kylie Jenner, worth $900 million, on track to be youngest self-made billionaire by age 21," 11 July 2018 One of those confronting the challenges is Jan Rader, the town’s fire chief, who was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2018. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "3 Sobering Documentaries on Netflix, Fandor and Field of Vision," 5 July 2018 Time Magazine recently named Kwan to the 2018 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "News & Notes: The Woodlands, June 23," 23 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'influential.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of influential

Adjective

1570, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about influential

Share influential

Statistics for influential

Last Updated

20 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for influential

The first known use of influential was in 1570

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for influential

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on influential

What made you want to look up influential? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!