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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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For this study, we employed a multivariate method, principle component analysis (PCA), to examine the patterns of individual diet compositions in relation to sets of extrinsic factors. With the PCA, the measures of diet composition are extracted in a low-dimensional ordination space, based on the individual stomach diet information.
Moreover, these findings support the previous work of Herzberg (1966) in that those intrinsic factors or motivators relating to one's job content and the extrinsic factors or hygienes relating to the situation in which one works has a positive influence on faculty members' overall satisfaction, and subsequently on their intent to stay or leave academe or their institution.
Extrinsic factors, such as the availability of a shelter or a food resource, seem to influence aggressive fighting behavior in crayfish.
Results from a study by Lee, Dedrick, and Smith (1991) further substantiate that conclusion, yet clarify the role that "extrinsic factors" do play.
Studies on ageing skin are complicated by extrinsic factors that augment the intrinsic effects of time.
(11-13) Conversely, such extrinsic factors as cueing with visual or auditory feedback can result in improved performance.
The cases were maximum in the month of August and minimum were noticed in January while in our study maximum incidence was seen in Summer Season ranging from June to Aug.19 Gallerani et al20 in their study confirmed seasonal variations of Acute appendicitis with almost comparable results with our study .This variation shows the possibility of various extrinsic factors such as dehydration, humidity, allergens, sun radiation, and viral and bacterial infections in the etiology of acute appendicitis.
The Board expressed its concern over extrinsic factors which could cause or aggravate such failures.
The board members expressed grave concerns over extrinsic factors which could cause or aggravate such failures.
The accumulated damage from intrinsic and extrinsic factors yields keratinocytes and fibroblasts that fail to produce important cellular components as well as they did when they were younger.
Intrinsic factors include the nature of work (such as the ability to develop one's skills, sense of autonomy, success, achievement and control); whereas extrinsic factors are not directly related to work (such as, salary, relationships with colleagues) (Bagheri, Kousha, Janati, and Jafarabadi, 2012; Kumar, Ahmed, Shaikh, Hafeez, and Hafeez, 2013).