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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.


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.


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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The results show that comparing suitable environmental factor ranges between the modeled results and the literature values is useful.
Biological environmental factors also having the adverse health concerns are broadly categorized into two types which are as following; directly infective or indirectly infective.
Thus, previous research (although not specifically addressing the effect of national culture on the use of environmental factors in strategic decisions) tends to indicate that cross-national differences frequently exist.
Environmental Factor RCRIS provides information on hazardous waste handlers, including design capacity, compliance history, permit status, and detailed information on operational capacity wastes generated and minimized by hazardous waste generators, transporters, and facilities that transport, store, and dispose of hazardous wastes.
To control for shared genetic and environmental factors, the researchers used a co-twin control study design in which the ASD-affected twin served as the case and the unaffected twin served as the control.
Parkinson's disease and environmental factors. Matched case-control study in the Limousin region, France.
Section soliciting opinions on environmental factors was comprised of 13 statements stating possible environmental factors influencing research culture, similarly there were 18 statements of institutional factors and 24 statements stating personal factors.
Each of us, as individual investors, can consider environmental factors, but the constructive impact could be magnified if university endowments, pension funds and other large investment funds used environmental factors in making decisions.
-- Environmental factors and physical stress on hair, such as overly aggressive combing, can contribute to hair loss in men, according to a survey of dermatologists conducted for Unilever USA Inc.
Dr Sajjad said blood pressure was a genetic problem which could be caused due to unchanged non-environmental factors and changeable environmental factors such as diet, lifestyle etc etc .
Modifiable environmental factors such as street lighting and illuminated pedestrian crossing signs may help deter homicide among young people, according to a study published in March in JAMA Pediatrics.
NEWCASTLE University experts say environmental factors may be a contributory cause in the development of some childhood cancers.

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