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23:04 Jun 11, 2000
English to French translations [PRO]
English term or phrase:power-over
A term (noun) created by the author of the manual that I am translating, refers to the power that one exercises over other people. For example: "Community leaders often use their power-over rather than basic communication skills".
Thanks, this was one of those words that defies all explanation, and I wasn't sure if I really had made clear what the author had wanted to say using it: but it looks like you got the idea anyway! 3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Explanation: These are all synonyms of "influence" from Le Petit Robert 1. And here's the definition that comes with the first 6 : Action (volontaire ou non) qu'une personne exerce sur quelqu'un
And for the last 4: Pouvoir social de celui qui amène les autres à se ranger à son avis.
This second sentence seems to really fit what you are looking for. If it were me, I would either use "emprise" or "poids".
Hope this helps.