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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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Caption: Figure 9: Superresolution reconstruction on the car sequence (L = 15 frames, magnification factor 2).
To assess the accuracy of the approximations, we calculate the deviation of an approximation from the actual magnification factor as a percentage of the actual magnification factor.
The relationship between the share of primary inputs in total input costs and the magnification factor (the first factor) is intuitive.
Consequently, the cost share of primary inputs attends to be a good approximation of the magnification factor, with an error of less than one per cent in magnitude in most industries.
However, the magnification factor A of thin structure is small and this means the magnifying ability of the system is also weak.
where by definition [delta]M = ([M'.sub.inc]/[M'.sub.ref])([M.sub.ref] / [M.sub.inc]) where [M'.sub.inc] is the magnification factor for the beam entering the sample aperture with a cuvette in front of it, and [M'.sub.ref] is the magnification factor for the beam entering through the reference aperture with a cuvette placed in front of the sample aperture.
In other words, because the magnification factor is 2, the visualized abnormality on the enlarged image is 10 mm, compared to its original size of only 5 mm.
The resulting net value added TFP growth will be equal to a magnification factor times the corresponding traditional value added TFP growth and the magnification factor will be approximately equal to the reciprocal of the share of labour and waiting services in traditional labour and capital services (which include depreciation in the user costs of capital).
(19) These constants can be regarded as magnification factors; they magnify the gross output TFP growth rates into the corresponding real value added TFP growth rates.
(21) For applications of this net value added approach and estimates of the resulting magnification factors, see Diewert (2014) and Diewert and Yu (2012).
Wide-angle lenses are identified by their magnification factors that may range from 0.40x to 0.50x--the lower the number, the wider the angle.
In addition to autofocus, the Varioscope AF 3 offers automatic parallax control and extensive zoom ranges, allowing infinite variable selection of magnification factors between 3.6 and 7.2.