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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who exerts strong political or economic influence, especially by virtue of the individuals and votes he or she controls.

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  • n. A person or group having the ability to influence important decisions, especially in public policy, politics, and business.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is important by virtue of the people or votes they control

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