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An event, circumstance, influence, or element that plays a part in bringing about a result.

A factor in a case contributes to its causation or outcome. In the area of Negligence law, the factors, or chain of causation, are important in determining whether liability ensues from a particular action done by the defendant.

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n. 1) a salesman who sells in his/her own name on behalf of others, taking a commission for services. 2) something that contributes to the result.

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1 a mercantile agent. An agent who is in the ordinary course of business entrusted with goods or documents of title representing goods with a view to their sale. A factor has a lien over goods entrusted to him; this lien covers any claims he may have against his principal arising out of the agency. Most factors will be mercantile agents (and have the powers of such) for the purposes of the Factors Act 1889. Under this Act, in certain circumstances a factor may pass a good title to goods entrusted to him.
2 an institution to whom a company assigns its book debts (see FACTORING).
3 in Scotland a landlord or superior's agent.
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But without genuine understanding of Raine's work, the visceral reaction is one of instant repulsion because biological factors are associated with the notion of fixed fates and actions that are beyond one's control.
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According to Michael Smith, MD, senior health science specialist with Life Extension, a number of biological factors may contribute to the body's normal inflammatory activity, including cell signaling chemicals and hormone-like messengers.
The Acting Director of Protection Against Mass Destruction gave a lecture on the international conventions and treaties that limit the proliferation of the biological factors in the military and civil sides as well as the achievement made in this regard on the international level.
The researchers plan on investigating the biological factors that may underlie the link between exercise and memory; one theory is that the brain chemical norepinephrine, which is released during exercise, may enhance memory.
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After reviewing the medical records of more than 20,000 heart transplant patients, transplant surgeons at Johns Hopkins have concluded it is not simply racial differences, but rather flows in the health care system, along with the type of insurance and education levels, in addition to biological factors, that are likely the causes of disproportionately worse outcomes after heart transplantation in African Americans.

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