influential

[in-floo-en-shuhl]
adjective
1.
having or exerting influence, especially great influence: three influential educators.
noun
2.
a person who exerts or can exert strong influence: according to influentials of the fashion industry.

Origin:
1560–70; < Medieval Latin influenti(a) stellar emanation (see influence) + -al1

influentially, adverb
noninfluential, adjective
noninfluentially, adverb
overinfluential, adjective
quasi-influential, adjective
quasi-influentially, adverb
uninfluential, adjective
uninfluentially, adverb


1. consequential, forceful, important.
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influential (ˌɪnflʊˈɛnʃəl)
 
adj
having or exerting influence
 
influ'entially
 
adv

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influential
"powerful," 1734; see influence.
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Example sentences
Perhaps as online education continues to grow, such extension programs will
  become more powerful and influential.
The problematic data appear in two papers about ways to manipulate human cells
  that were published in highly influential journals.
But two decades later, the record's defiant atmospherics and tremolo
  experimentation have become more influential than ever.
In fact, the alumni boards of many universities have become especially
  influential.
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