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Influence may refer to:

In science and technology:

In entertainment:

  • Influence (band), a rock band formed in the 1960s
  • Influence (short film), a fan-made film based on stories by H. P. Lovecraft
  • "Influence", an episode of the American drama television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 7)
  • Influence (book), a book written by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Other uses:

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

INFLUENCE (Late Lat. influentia, from influere, to flow in), a word whose principal modern meaning is that of power, control or action affecting others, exercised either covertly or without visible means or direct physical agency. It is one of those numerous terms of astrology which have established themselves in current language. From the stars was supposed to flow an ethereal stream which affected the course of events on the earth and the fortunes and characters of men. For the law as to "undue influence" see Contract.

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Simple English

Influence is a force (or power) of change that comes from the outside of the person or thing that is influenced by it. It can be either planned by others on purpose, or an unplanned result of other events.

The adjective influential means "having much influence", so influential people or things have the power to change other people or things in some way. This word is often used to describe famous people. For example, Mohandas Gandhi was a very influential person, because the things he did and said changed many peoples lives, and many people believe he has even influenced the world.

Influence can be a bad thing too. For example, World War II influenced many people's lives, making it very difficult for them to live happily even after the war ended.

In law, "driving under the influence" (or DUI) usually means drunk driving; in other words, driving a car or other vehicle, which is a crime in most places.

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