American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or exercising influence.
- n. One that is of considerable importance or influence: sought the advice of policy influentials.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having or exerting power or influence; possessing or characterized by the possession of influence, or of power to influence: as, influential friends.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Exerting or possessing influence or power; potent; efficacious; effective; strong; having authority or ascendency
- adj. having or exercising influence or power
“Told you Ayn Rand had changed my political views forever - now that's what I call influential writing :”
“Given the number of last-ditch Zionists that President Obama has surrounded himself with, Rahm Immanuel being the most influential, is it any wonder that Obama would appoint someone like Ross to be “special adviser” on Iran.”
“Despotic governments conduct campaigns to win influential seats while developing nations turn a blind eye to their human rights violating colleagues in order to win assembly votes.”
“For now, Mr. Perry is calling influential Iowa Republicans in an attempt to seed support for his official entry into the race.”
“But if, by cosmic coincidence, it turns out to be truly influential, is there a single person here who thinks that it will be used for anything but a justification for the seizure of power by those that Bryan would find utterly reprehensible?”
“This seldom is the case with people in influential positions.”
“That appeared to be the case with Joe Keller, an Adidas employee who founded the camp and is known as an influential figure in AAU circles.”
“We aren't too fond of presidents who threaten to "obliterate" countries, just to impress certain influential voting blocks.”
“No matter how often everything they touch turns to ashes, they, personally, pop right back up with nice new sinecures in influential institutions.”
“So Pelosi feels a voice of one or the voice of the most influential is more important then the will of all the voters.”
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