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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In response to this question, 23% respondents said that the influence of religion is increasing on people in Pakistan, 25% said that the influence of religion is decreasing, while 52% said that there has been no difference in the influence of religion.
Respondents were asked the question, 'Please tell me if you think each of the following countries is having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world?' In response to this question, 47 percent said that Pakistan has a mainly positive influence, where as 18 percent said negative influence.
To fill this void, we used the social influence theory, which provides an integrated framework of informational and normative influence.
It's likely he was someone with influence--but maybe not someone with so much influence that you'd unquestioningly follow his lead.
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For instance, Bearden and Etzel showed that informational influence was greater for publicly and privately consumed luxuries than for publicly consumed necessities whereas the effects of utilitarian and value expressive influences were not significant.
The research indicates that intervention targets to counteract friends' influence may have more of an effect in junior high than in high school, and that parents remain influential on smoking behavior through high school, indicating another possible intervention target, the researchers said.
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Don't we want to influence others to join us as members or join us as leaders in our organization?