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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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Therefore, a mother or a specialized professional should not be influenced as it can exercise first ranking influence in a certain area.
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(18) Note, however, that a donor may be in full control of his or her faculties and still be unduly influenced. (19) Even without direct evidence of diminished mental acuity, courts take note of the physical condition of the donor as an indication of mental acuity or of the dependent nature of an elderly donor of limited mobility and ability to care for himself or herself.
For example, the school climate perceptions of White 10th grade females were strongly related to the motivation to learn, while the motivation of their classmates was influenced more by their parents' educational aspirations for them.
Image norms are considered to operate within a broader societal context and, as such, are expected to be influenced by society's definitions of beauty and attractiveness.
Equally the economist Mancur Olson has argued that economic growth among nations is profoundly influenced by institutions no matter what the rationality of individual decision making.
The claim that Eero Saarinen was unduly influenced by Mies is familiar yet hardly convincing when seen against his obvious preference for the particular.
Similarly, research conducted by manufacturers of crop protection products indicates that a majority of growers' decisions are influenced by the ag retailer.
The medieval Garden was heavily influenced by the need for medicinal plants and food stocks.
So, ask a playwright a question like, "What books have influenced your plays and/or style of writing?" and you can sense their brains pause, then shift to another gear that reveals itself in a questioning look that says, "I don't know how to answer that question in a way that won't incriminate me ...