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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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Overall, it can be concluded that it is impossible for a marketer in travel and tour business to consider all elements influencing consumer's information search (personal factors, familial factors, situational factors, and travel advisors), but taking into account these factors for market segmentation, planning more reliable strategies would be possible.
* Is the PIS significantly related to other familial factors that have been theoretically linked to parent involvement?
The most important protective familial factors reported by the majority of these studies were close relations between parents and their children, positive disciplinary measures exercised within the family, continuous parental surveillance, inclusion of children in the decision-making processes, healthy communication between parents and children and their mutual trust, inclusion of parents into their children's lives (familiarity with children's friends and habits), strong and affirmative family ties, and conventional parental attitudes towards drug consumption (NIDA 2003).
We did not find evidence that familial factors were associated with a decreased likelihood of dating violence.
The deCODE project, for instance, already has isolated genes that appear to contribute to osteoporosis, stroke, diabetes, and several other complex diseases using historical and contemporary health information and DNA samples from more than 100,000 residents of Iceland (deCODE Genetics 2004), although some of those findings may turn out to be limited to rarer familial factors. Similar biobanks are being assembled in Estonia (an open-ended number of participants), the United Kingdom (500,000 participants), Quebec (60,000 participants), and Japan (300,000 participants).
The authors concluded, "Our findings suggest a synergism between familial factors and abortion."
Part I examines the current, narrow social perspective surrounding debates about the "disadvantaged," and documents the interactive nature of children's developmental status, familial factors and community networks that shape lives.
In some cases, men who are related by blood tend to develop Peyronie's disease, which suggests that familial factors might make a man vulnerable to the disease.
ABSTRACT: This study examined child-centered data (from birth to 7 years) and familial factors
The editors have organized the twelve selections that make up the main body of the text in four parts devoted to the economic, social, and environmental factors impacting urban children, the behavioral and physical health of urban children, familial factors impacting urban children, and other related subjects.

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