|n.||1.||A flowing in or upon; influx.|
|2.||Hence, in general, the bringing about of an effect, physical or moral, by a gradual process; controlling power quietly exerted; agency, force, or tendency of any kind which affects, modifies, or sways; |
|3.||Power or authority arising from elevated station, excelence of character or intellect, wealth, etc.; reputation; acknowledged ascendency; |
|v. t.||1.||To control or move by power, physical or moral; to affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to affect; to move; to persuade; to induce.|
These experiments succeed after the same manner in vacuo as in the open air, and therefore are not influenced by the weight or pressure of the atmosphere.
|Noun||1.||influence - a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc; "used her parents' influence to get the job"|
|2.||influence - causing something without any direct or apparent effort|
|3.||influence - a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"|
|4.||influence - the effect of one thing (or person) on another; "the influence of mechanical action"|
|5.||influence - one having power to influence another; "she was the most important influence in my life"; "he was a bad influence on the children"|
|Verb||1.||influence - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"|
|2.||influence - shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"|
|3.||influence - induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money"|
INFLUENCE. Authority, credit, ascendance.
2. Influence is proper or improper. Proper influence is that which one person gains over another by acts of kindness and, attention, and by correct conduct. 3 Serg. & Rawle, 269. Improper influence is that dominion acquired by any person over a mind of sanity for general purposes, and of sufficient soundness and discretion to regulate his affairs in general, which prevents the exercise of his discretion, and destroys his free will. 1 Cox's Cas. 355. When the former is used to induce a testator to make a will, it will not vitiate it; but when the latter is the moving cause, the will cannot stand. 1 Hagg. R. 581; 2 Hagg. 142; 5 Serg. & Rawle, 207; 13 Serg. & Rawle, 323; 4 Greenl. R. 220; 1 Paige, R. 171; 1 Dow. & Cl. 440; 1 Speers, 93.
3. A contract to use a party's influence to induce a person in authority to exercise his power in a particular way, is void, as being against public policy. 5 Watts & Serg. 315; 5 Penn. St. Rep. 452; 7 Watts, 152.