Difference between beeinträchtigen and beeinflussen

According to Leo:

beeinflussen = to influence so./sth, to affect so./sth

beeinträchtigen = to impair sth, to affect sth.

Beeinträchtigen has a more negative meaning. It means to influence something but not in a good way – to make it more difficult for someone to do something. Synonyms are behindern and erschweren (= to hinder).

The explanation in Wiktionary is very good:

https://de.wiktionary.org/wiki/beeinflussen

https://de.wiktionary.org/wiki/beeinträchtigen

There you can find this very good examples:

Seine Verletzung beeinträchtigte ihn beim Gehen. (His injury impaired his walking.)

Jemand ist schnell zu beeinflussen. (Somebody can be quickly influenced.)

 

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