Native English speakers, what is the simplest definition of the word 'influential'?

Sorry I just can't seem to understand dictionary definitions.

What does it mean in the following sentence?

"Out of all the five groups, the most influential is led by Paddington"

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  • 8 months ago
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    influential refers to the ability to influence.  To influence means to provide some force or drive or impetus toward others in the making of decisions by them, to provide some sort of non-physical reasons to favor one or some possible choices over other options.  Being influential means that the person or persons can and usually do provide some sort of input into what future acts are likely to be chosen by others.

    The influential affect the eventual outcomes of choices made by others.  It does not say whether the influence is positive or negative (good or bad), just that it exists.

  • Laurie
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    8 months ago

    “Influential” means “having influence”... “having an impact on”,,, having an effect on”.

    The “most influential” means “having the greatest impact” (of the five groups).

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